‘No one is listening’
Father says school has done little to stop bullies
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