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Aldridge student scared after school altercation

A Maryborough mother is upset after her son was teased and allegedly punched at school.
A Maryborough mother is upset after her son was teased and allegedly punched at school. Robyne Cuerel

A STUDENT who was left with bruising to his shoulder and jaw after a second violent altercation at a state high school says he is afraid to return to school.

Torbanlea's Esther Williamson raced to Aldridge State High School on Thursday after hearing her son had been punched by another student.

The incident is the second serious case of bullying reported at the school in the past few weeks, with a video of a female student being kicked in the head by another girl circulating on social media about three weeks ago.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education, Training and Employment denied there was a culture of bullying at Aldridge State High School.

"However, like all Queensland schools, conflict does arise from time to time," she said.

"An incident at Aldridge State High School on July 31 was immediately dealt with under the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan."

According to the boy's father, Ronald Williamson, his son walked out of a classroom after a student started teasing him.

The other boy then followed his son out of the classroom and allegedly assaulted him, leaving him with soft tissue damage to his shoulder and bruising along his jaw.

Mr Williamson said it was unacceptable for children to feel unsafe at school.

"He just wants to go to school and learn," he said.

The boy's mother took him to the emergency department at Maryborough Hospital where doctors reassured the family the boy's injuries were minor after they initially feared he may have suffered a broken jaw.

"It could have been a lot worse," Ms Williamson said.

She said she was concerned about bullying at the school.

"It's getting out of hand," Ms Williamson said.

While the department spokeswoman would not comment on the punishment handed out to the student involved in the incident, Ms Williamson said she was told he was suspended.

She said her son would have Friday off school to recover and would most likely return on Monday.

The boy said he felt "scared and nervous" at the prospect of having to face the student involved in the incident in the future.

Topics:  aldridge state high school, bullying, maryborough, students, violence



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