I will take my son out of school over bullying, says mum

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Twins Paul and David Hilliard Twins Paul and David Hilliard

A Southminster mum is considering removing her son from primary school over bullying concerns.

Mum-of-six Helen Hilliard, of North Street, claims 10-year-old David has been constantly bullied since September, when he entered his final year at Southminster Primary School.

However the headteacher said they had excluded a child in connection with the alleged bullying.

Mrs Hilliard, a Post Office assistant, said: “He gets picked on and name-called all the time and it makes David agitated.

“He is scared that he can’t control his temper.

“I just don’t think the school has done enough to stop this from happening."

She added: “The situation has got to the point where I want to take him out of the school.

“I don’t want any more months of going through hell.”

Southminster Primary School headteacher, Karen Harden, said: “A boy has been excluded on more than one occasion and won’t be coming back.

“If she feels that that is not doing enough then I am not sure what she wants to do."

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2:54pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mini123 says...

to a kid being sent home for few days is great they dont see it as getting told off he prob at home playing on the xbox or out with their mum as cant be left at home on there own , maybe do a bullying day so all the kids in the school get involded in anti bullying, make it fun for them but with it leaving a message that it is wrong to do so,surport for the child that has been builed so he has somene to talk to open up to how it made him feel, everyone wants to be listened to and not have to worry about letting their feelings out. x
to a kid being sent home for few days is great they dont see it as getting told off he prob at home playing on the xbox or out with their mum as cant be left at home on there own , maybe do a bullying day so all the kids in the school get involded in anti bullying, make it fun for them but with it leaving a message that it is wrong to do so,surport for the child that has been builed so he has somene to talk to open up to how it made him feel, everyone wants to be listened to and not have to worry about letting their feelings out. x mini123

3:09pm Mon 27 Jan 14

verjo says...

This is very sad but putting photos of the child in the paper will not help the situation.
This is very sad but putting photos of the child in the paper will not help the situation. verjo

8:15am Tue 28 Jan 14

An alternative view says...

“If she feels that that is not doing enough then I am not sure what she wants to do."

Not sure about the rest of the story, but if this is really what the head teacher said I'm quite shocked, hardly what you want to hear from someone in that position, sounds like she's run out of thinking to me.
“If she feels that that is not doing enough then I am not sure what she wants to do." Not sure about the rest of the story, but if this is really what the head teacher said I'm quite shocked, hardly what you want to hear from someone in that position, sounds like she's run out of thinking to me. An alternative view

9:27am Thu 30 Jan 14

Hawthorne says...

Not sure it's a case of run out of thinking; more like run out of options. There's very little a headteacher is allowed to do in this situation if the bully's parent(s) don't deal with it. Like most of these sorts of issues, both the problem and the solution ought to be addressed at home. They rarely are, and it's left to the schools to sort out the mess, when they ought to be concentrating on education.
Not sure it's a case of run out of thinking; more like run out of options. There's very little a headteacher is allowed to do in this situation if the bully's parent(s) don't deal with it. Like most of these sorts of issues, both the problem and the solution ought to be addressed at home. They rarely are, and it's left to the schools to sort out the mess, when they ought to be concentrating on education. Hawthorne

6:36pm Thu 30 Jan 14

An alternative view says...

Difficult as I wouldn't have gone to the paper on this if it was my young 'un, but pretty sure there must be guidelines for heads that include "for gawd sake never comment to the local rag about parent teacher stuff"
Difficult as I wouldn't have gone to the paper on this if it was my young 'un, but pretty sure there must be guidelines for heads that include "for gawd sake never comment to the local rag about parent teacher stuff" An alternative view

2:08pm Tue 4 Feb 14

cookie27 says...

This is in fair to the child who i know has a lot of problem the school had no right to comment the bully in question in a child in needs after witnessing his farther die and should be given help rather than kicked out I am disappointed that the school are not helping this child and are instead just labeling him as a bully rather than try to help him
This is in fair to the child who i know has a lot of problem the school had no right to comment the bully in question in a child in needs after witnessing his farther die and should be given help rather than kicked out I am disappointed that the school are not helping this child and are instead just labeling him as a bully rather than try to help him cookie27

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