Primary parents raise safety fears
Girl suffers head injury after pupil lashes out
Parents have accused a primary school of “sweeping problems under the carpet” after a youngster sustained a head injury at the hands of a fellow pupil.
A girl was taken to Glasgow’s Sick Children’s Hospital after she was punched in the back of the head and banged her forehead off a wall at Cathkin Primary.
The girl, who was nauseous and dizzy, was one of three children injured when a child from the assisted needs unit had a violent outburst during a visit to a mainstream classroom.
A second child was kicked in the stomach and a third kicked in the leg.
One parent told the Reformer: “I understand the girl it happened to is suffering from anxiety. Her parents have repeatedly been called to collect her from school since it happened.
“Whilst the boy didn’t pick her out specifically, she is very small for her age. He is probably twice the size of her.”
But parents of children at the school say this was not an isolated incident. It is, they claim, a worrying trend at the school on Burnside Road.
“I feel a few incidents have happened and they have brushed them under the carpet,” the woman added. “The school don’t seem to take any responsibility for what is happening. They said these things happen in every school.
“It’s the attitude of the school itself when it comes to any incident.
“This boy was not punished. For a child that has additional support needs, if he is not held accountable for his actions how is he to learn how to fit into society?
“I think this boy has been let down. It’s not just the girl it happened to.”
Janice Kane, treasurer of Cathkin Primary Parent Teacher Council, said the issue had been raised at the council’s most recent meeting with the headteacher.
“I think a lot of parents were in shock that the assault took place,” she said.
“A number of parents asked us to bring it up.
“People just wanted to know their kids would be safe if another child kicked off at any point.
“What we want to do is make sure the kids are treated as one and equal and that kids that are prone to violent outbursts are supervised at all times to ensure other children’s safety.”
The head teacher told parents she could not discuss particular children and encouraged all those with concerns to contact her directly.
Anne Donaldson, head of education at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “The council cannot comment on individual cases.
“However, we can say that South Lanarkshire Council is committed to meeting the needs of every child and young person in its educational establishments and to providing the appropriate support where required.”