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Teenager broke wrists in school game

PUBLISHED: 23:00 22 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:57 02 March 2010

A FURIOUS father is today demanding action after a schoolyard game landed his 12-year-old son with two broken wrists.

Mark Collins was injured after an ill-fated game on an eight foot high mound at Thurleston High School, Ipswich.

A FURIOUS father is today demanding action after a schoolyard game landed his 12-year-old son with two broken wrists.

Mark Collins was injured after an ill-fated game on an eight foot high mound at Thurleston High School, Ipswich.

His father is now demanding more supervision and that the mound be demolished.

Mr Collins, 36, who would not give his first name, said: "Mark was on the mound playing with a group of kids.

"Two children picked him up and swung him by his hands and legs. Mark went flying in the air and then fell down on the grass below the mound."

Mr Collins, of Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich, said Mark's left hand looked dislodged from his arm bone and it seemed the only thing holding it together was skin and tendons.

Mark went to Ipswich Hospital after the accident and went into theatre to have both wrists manipulated.

At the moment, even everyday tasks such as getting out of bed and getting dressed are difficult.

Mark said: "There is quite a lot of pain in my left arm but I am coping. It was a game and I won't be playing it again."

Mr Collins has reported the accident to the police, is contacting a solicitor and is writing a letter of complaint to the Defoe Road school and Suffolk's Local Education Authority.

He said: "I am angry with all the kids, including Mark, for being on there - but children will be children. The real problem is the mound and the lack of staff to watch the children. They should have been pulled off the mound immediately.

"I want that mound gone. Any other parents who think it's a problem - get in touch with the Local Education Authority."

Thurleston High School's headteacher, Mike Everett, pointed out that although the mound is not fenced off, children should not go there unsupervised.

He said: "We supervise it at lunchtime – we do regular patrols along it – and pupils know they shouldn't be there. But when boys want to play a game away from the site of teachers, it is impossible to always prevent that. There is also the risk of driving them off the school site.

"We have looked at the mound several times to try to minimise the dangers it poses. We have put supervision in place to try and make sure it's as safe as possible.

"As a result of the accident, we will be looking to see if there is any more we can do."

A county council spokeswoman said any alterations to the mound have to come out the school budget.

Lisa Miller, Suffolk police spokeswoman, added: "Enquiries are in hand to see if any criminal offences have taken place."

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