Mum-of-five Kerry Jones has accused a school of failing to tackle bullying which she claims has been plaguing her son’s life for 18-months.
The 36-year-old says Tyler Cawley-Smith was targeted within days of joining Haywood Academy in September 2018.
She says the bullying soon escalated and claims that during one incident her 13-year-old son was kicked in the head, back, stomach and chest.
Now Kerry has approached StokeonTrentLive after this week being hit with a £120 fine because Tyler was late for school which she says was as a result of the bullying.
Kerry, from Smallthorne, said: “It started off with name calling. The next thing you know this lad started to come up to him and all these other lads circled so Tyler tried to fight this lad off and the rest of them jumped on.
“If it wasn’t for my eldest son and his friends jumping in, it could have been a lot worse.
“Tyler is fed up because he likes school and being with his friends but when he goes in, he constantly gets name called and called a snitch for going in and telling the teacher.
“The teacher will just tell him to stay indoors – but to me that is picking on my son rather than the bullies.”
Kerry says she went to the Burslem school four times to try to resolve the situation. She received a £60 fine for unauthorised absences in December, 2018.
Kerry added: “I had a meeting with a teacher who said they would authorise the absences and try to get it so he could go in later and leave earlier.
“Then all of a sudden they were like we can’t do that, we want him to have a talk to this bully. Because this bully said he is sorry they said Tyler can go in and leave at normal time. But he has continued to be bullied.”
Kerry says she was advised to travel to school with Tyler every morning. But she has arthritis, her five-year-old son is autistic and a three-year-old has ADHD. She was hit with the £120 fine this week after Tyler had been late for school.
Kerry added: “The school is fully aware of my situation. There are mornings where I wake up and I can’t move my hands or any of my joints and Tyler will take his younger siblings to school.
“My son is losing time off school whereas the bully is still free to go in and get the education whereas my son is scared to go into school and I’m absolutely petrified sending him into school too.
“They need to review their bullying policies. I’m sure there are more children having the same issues.”
Tyler hopes the situation can be resolved.
He said: “I love the school and my form tutor has helped me through these incidents. But there is no winning.
“When I’m in class I know I’m alright but when I’m outside and having break and dinner I don’t know what is going to happen.
“No matter what I do I am just going to get cornered, it’s a horrible situation to be in.”
The school has provided a statement to StokeonTrentLive.
A spokesman said: “Any allegations of bullying are thoroughly and vigorously investigated and always dealt with in-line with our policy.
“Where parents are being prosecuted for their child’s sustained and persistent non-attendance, all cases have been thoroughly reviewed and in all instances, no justifiable reason is given for student absence.”
Published at Fri, 20 Mar 2020 17:07:00 +0000