A mum claims bullies have forced her 12-year-old ginger-haired son out of school.I wonder which is the greater spur to the rabble, the latter, or the former?
Emma Walsh says she will not let her middle child, Tyler, return to Yate International Academy following an attack last week.
Ms Walsh alleges that Tyler has been a target for bullies ever since he started secondary school 18 months ago, because of his hair colour and because he is keen to learn.
Naturally, this being 21st century Britain, the notion that the thugs themselves be punished and removed from the school is anathema. No, it must be the victim:
She is angry that the school's response to the latest incident was to suspend the attacker for one day – and to suggest that her son attend its pupil inclusion unit, for vulnerable students.That’s a brilliant wheeze to get around the problem of having too many excluded pupils, isn’t it? Keep them in school, and ‘exclude’ everyone else within school grounds!
Tyler, who is in Year 8, was set upon by some Year 10 students and chased into a toilet cubicle where he "freaked out" and had to be rescued by a Year 11 student.Awwww, bless! We can’t possibly punish him, can we, if he’s having a bad day, poor little lamb…
Ms Walsh, 33, a full-time mother, of Wellstead Avenue, said her son had been extremely distressed by the incident, which she had been told happened after the perpetrator "had a bad day" and took it out on the first person he came across.
"I don't feel my son will be safe at school so I am keeping him at home until he can start at another school next week. I will be tutoring him at home."No, it’s not ‘like’ they are punishing him – they are punishing him!
Ms Walsh said the academy had told her it would not send work home for Tyler because it was felt that this would be condoning his absence.
"It is like they are punishing him," she said.
Mr Gilbert said in a statement: "Having taken account of all persons' views in this matter the academy has managed the issues raised in accordance with our clearly defined policies and protocols. This has included seeking clarifications from external bodies such as the Education Welfare Service."Perfect! Who cares that your school is now a laughing stock, you ‘followed procedure’. You must be so proud…