Pri­mary par­ents raise safety fears

Girl suf­fers head injury af­ter pupil lashes out

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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.”

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