A family has taken the drastic step of pulling their six-year-old girl out of school, amid claims she was relentlessly bullied for months.
Gold Coast youngster Summah Hillhouse says she is too scared to go to school after she was repeatedly punched in the face, called names and had her hair pulled.
Summah says she told teachers what was happening but nothing was done.
‘She said ‘Summah it is not called bullying, she doesn’t do it to you every single day.’ It made me feel sad,’ the little girl told A Current Affair.
Her grandmother Kim Den Hertog described the situation as ‘absolutely ridiculous.’
You can’t send a six-year-old to school when she is frightened. It’s like then we become the abusers,’ she said.
‘We are meant to send our children to school to learn and to be protected, but they’re not being protected.’
Her family also claims two older boys flashed their private parts at Summah and a friend in the school playground last month.
The recent bullying has given Shaye Hillhouse no other choice but to try and find her youngest daughter another school before term four starts in the coming weeks.
‘The teachers don’t seem to be able to do anything about it. It’s so frustrating,’ she told The Gold Coast Bulletin last month.
‘We had a meeting with a deputy principal, who was very good to us, and she promised there would be consequences for the offender but it’s too late. I’ve been to Southport police but I was told there is nothing they can do because a child under the age of 11 cannot be criminally responsible for his or her behaviour.’
A Queensland Department of Education spokeswoman said it cannot comment on individual cases for student privacy reasons.
‘Bullying is not tolerated in Queensland state schools. Any situation that threatens the safety and wellbeing of students is treated extremely seriously, and dealt with as a matter of urgent priority,’ the spokeswoman said in a statement.
‘All Queensland state schools are committed to providing a safe, respectful and disciplined learning environment for students and staff.
‘All schools have a Responsible Behaviour Plan which sets out very clear standards and expectations for all students.
‘The school involved continues to work closely with the students and their families to address their concerns.’
Meanwhile, Summah had this message for bullies.
‘I would say stop bullying somebody because that’s not nice,’ she said.