‘No one is lis­ten­ing’

Fa­ther says school has done lit­tle to stop bul­lies

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports - BY SARAH WIL­LIAMSON

A DAD has told how a bully at­tempted to push his daugh­ter down the stairs at school.

An­drew Urquhart, 47, said Mol­ly­rose, a pri­mary 7 pupil at Craigowl Pri­mary, has been get­ting bul­lied since she was in pri­mary 2.

Be­fore the lat­est in­ci­dent, her fam­ily went to the po­lice af­ter one of the chil­dren kicked her and pulled her hair.

An­drew said: “She man­aged to stop her­self from fall­ing, but she’s sore from the kick­ing and hair pulling. It’s hav­ing an im­pact on her, not just at school but on her home life.”

He said the 12-year-old has also been sub­jected to name call­ing and has been called fat.

An­drew said: “They are go­ing on about her weight and she’s had to block them online. It’s not fair.

“She used to be very out­go­ing. She doesn’t like go­ing to school any­more — she used to en­joy school.”

An­drew claimed other chil­dren in Mol­ly­rose’s class have taken up the name call­ing and that the school hasn’t done any­thing to try to stop the bul­lies.

He said even af­ter re­port­ing the in­ci­dents to teach­ers along­side wit­nesses, noth­ing has been done.

And he added that each day, Mol­ly­rose doesn’t know what she is walk­ing into.

He said: “My daugh­ter is go­ing through hell in that school — teach­ers are telling her just to get on with it.

“There has been no help from the school at all. I feel that no­body is lis­ten­ing to us.

“It’s like they are pass­ing it on to be some­body else’s prob­lem.

“I have asked for anti-bul­ly­ing poli­cies, I’ve asked for the school to get in­volved.

“I’ve emailed de­part­ment.

“This needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later.”

Gregor Mur­ray, chil­dren and fam­i­lies services con­vener, said: “I would al­ways en­cour­age par­ents to con­tact the head teacher as the first port of call.

“Ev­ery sin­gle school has an an­tibul­ly­ing pol­icy.

“It’s a re­ally se­ri­ous is­sue and I wouldn’t like to think that any­one is strug­gling in our schools.”

A Dundee City Coun­cil spokes­woman said: “The school deals with all com­plaints of bul­ly­ing thor­oughly and fam­i­lies are closely in­volved in the process.” the ed­u­ca­tion

Mol­ly­rose Urquart, 12, pic­tured with her mum Mau­reen.

Craigowl Pri­mary School

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