Bul­lied teen speaks up on school trauma

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

A Kwinana teenager has spo­ken out about the bul­ly­ing cul­ture at Gil­more Col­lege af­ter she was at­tacked at school — while the or­deal was videoed on a stu­dent’s mo­bile phone.

The video shows Year 9 stu­dent Bree Le­brun, 14, be­ing pushed, punched and kicked in the head by a fel­low stu­dent on Mon­day, April 9.

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has con­firmed the al­leged at­tacker was sus­pended by Gil­more Col­lege for a week.

How­ever, Bree said stu­dents reg­u­larly picked on her and the or­deal had left her in­jured.

“She started push­ing me and then hit­ting me,” she told the Tele­graph.

“The doc­tor said I had con­cus­sion and dur­ing the fight my ears started ring­ing and I couldn’t see straight. Af­ter, when I was try­ing to walk away, I was stum­bling around be­cause I couldn’t see prop­erly. “My head and jaw are bruised. “I’m still get­ting head spins and headaches.”

Bree said the video be­ing posted on so­cial me­dia had led to other stu­dents bul­ly­ing her.

“I still get picked on be­cause of it,” she said.

“It is nor­mal for me to get bul­lied but it’s hap­pen­ing a lot be­cause of the video. Ev­ery­one from Year 7-12 at Gil­more has the video or has seen it.

“A lot of kids get bul­lied at Gil- more. Kids get sus­pended but they just come back (to school) and do it over and over again.”

Bree’s mother He­len Munro was called to the school af­ter the in­ci­dent and said the week-long sus­pen­sion was not enough for the at­tacker.

Kwinana po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior Sergean­tRob Read said the at­tack had been re­ported and it was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion deputy di­rec­tor Stephen Bax­ter con­demned the at­tack.

“I’m sure oth­ers are as dis­tressed as I am to see a young girl sin­gled out, ha­rassed, pur­sued and beaten for no ap­par­ent rea­son,” Mr Bax­ter said. “I’m ad­vised that the per­pe­tra­tor was sus­pended from school, as was an­other stu­dent who filmed the at­tack.

“The young woman who was the vic­tim has been pro­vided with sup­port by school staff, and her fam­ily has been strongly en­cour­aged to re­port this as­sault to the po­lice.

“Some­thing has to change in the at­ti­tudes of some young peo­ple who are com­ing to school in­tent on caus­ing harm to oth­ers — schools can’t do that alone.

“Stu­dents who lash out phys­i­cally and at­tack oth­ers will be held to ac­count.”

The or­deal of Kwinana stu­dent Bree Le­brun, 14, was cap­tured on an­other stu­dent’s mo­bile phone.

Pic­ture: Gareth McKnight

He­len Munro con­soles her daugh­ter Bree Le­brun, 14, af­ter she was at­tacked by a fel­low Gil­more Col­lege stu­dent.

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