A mother has blamed the bullying at her son’s school after the boy tried to take his own life thrice after some bullies told him to do so.
Mother-of-three Kristy Bates claims her son attempted to commit suicide because of bullying incidents at Pimpama State Secondary College on the Gold Coast.
“He tried to commit suicide three times,” Ms Bates told the Gold Coast Bulletin. “They not only verbally say it but have (said it) via text, Messenger, Facebook, et cetera.”
She claimed that her son was allegedly tormented by school bullies who told him to commit suicide to his face and online. She said that bullying had a crushing impact on her son last year. Her children now attend a private school where they are “thriving”.
This comes just days after a large fight broke out outside the school.
On Friday, the school was forced to issue a statement through their Facebook page after a “young girl in Year 9 was assaulted”. It said that the fight was a result of conversations on “Snapchat during the night”. “It was an awful incident for the student involved and disappointing for the school as there has been a huge improvement in the incidents of harassment and bullying in recent months,” it read.
Two months ago, the school did a series of meetings with concerned parents to address the issue of bullying. However, parents in a private social media group said that “not much has changed”, the Bulletin reports.
The Minister for Education MP Kate Jones said that Pimpama State Secondary College, had put in place several measures to help children at Pimpama State College, including increasing the number of school counsellors available at the school, and putting on an additional deputy principal who will focus on student wellbeing.
One parent has suggested that overcrowding at Pimpama could be a problem as the student population has increased by 400 per cent since the school opened in 2013, according to the school’s website.
Ms Jones said $20 million was being invested there over the next two years, $6 million of which would go towards new classrooms.
A spokesperson for the Department of Education and Training has urged students and parents to report cases of bullying in schools.
“Students and parents are strongly encouraged to report cases of bullying to their school principal or their closest Department of Education and Training regional office to ensure that the school and department can investigate and provide assistance.”