Wednesday 28 September 2016

Terror campaign by bullies 'forces girl to flee Belfast school'

By Rebecca Black

Published 12/05/2015 | 17:47

The schoolgirl claims bullies attempted to set her hair on fire, tried to goad her into taking her own life, threw cat food at her and even tried to push her into a river.

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She has now left Glengormley High School on the outskirts of north Belfast, but remains traumatised by the experience.

Speaking on the BBC's Stephen Nolan Show, she said: "They started telling me they were going to do things to me. After that in the dinner line, girls had stood beside me and tried to light my hair on fire. They started saying they were going to beat me black and blue and everything and that they were going to bring a knife in to me and stab me."

The girl - who wishes to remain anonymous - said before this she had loved school, but it got to the point where she did not want to go.

She also revealed another incident outside school where she was almost forced into a river.

The 12-year-old's mother said she was forced to move her whole family away from the area to protect her daughter.

"Everyone seemed to be threatening my daughter and as I read through [the social media threats] I saw where they were going to assist her in buying a piece of rope," she said.

"As soon as I saw that message I was straight on the phone to the school. For a week or two there was nothing and I thought, finally, this is over, but then it just went out of control, to the point where I had to call the police."

In another incident, the girl and her friend were surrounded by a crowd of up to 30 people. The girl was even attacked on a trip to Tesco when the bullies threw cat food into her hair.

"That was the day we decided we need to move," her mother said.

Glengormley High School responded, saying: "The school takes any claims of bullying very seriously and we have a robust anti-bullying policy in place to deal with such issues."

The Education Authority said it is aware of an issue within the school and has been working closely with the school and the family concerned to make every effort to ensure that the matter is resolved as quickly as possible.

The PSNI said it had received two reports and the investigation is still ongoing at present.

The schoolgirl claims bullies attempted to set her hair on fire, tried to goad her into taking her own life, threw cat food at her and even tried to push her into a river.

She has now left Glengormley High School on the outskirts of north Belfast, but remains traumatised by the experience.

Speaking on the BBC's Stephen Nolan Show, she said: "They started telling me they were going to do things to me. After that in the dinner line, girls had stood beside me and tried to light my hair on fire. They started saying they were going to beat me black and blue and everything and that they were going to bring a knife in to me and stab me."

The girl - who wishes to remain anonymous - said before this she had loved school, but it got to the point where she did not want to go.

She also revealed another incident outside school where she was almost forced into a river.

The 12-year-old's mother said she was forced to move her whole family away from the area to protect her daughter.

"Everyone seemed to be threatening my daughter and as I read through [the social media threats] I saw where they were going to assist her in buying a piece of rope," she said.

"As soon as I saw that message I was straight on the phone to the school. For a week or two there was nothing and I thought, finally, this is over, but then it just went out of control, to the point where I had to call the police."

In another incident, the girl and her friend were surrounded by a crowd of up to 30 people. The girl was even attacked on a trip to Tesco when the bullies threw cat food into her hair.

"That was the day we decided we need to move," her mother said.

Glengormley High School responded, saying: "The school takes any claims of bullying very seriously and we have a robust anti-bullying policy in place to deal with such issues."

The Education Authority said it is aware of an issue within the school and has been working closely with the school and the family concerned to make every effort to ensure that the matter is resolved as quickly as possible.

The PSNI said it had received two reports and the investigation is still ongoing at present.

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