Bullied at school but not beaten
A HERVEY Bay teenager has bravely spoken out about the tormentors who forced her to leave her high school in shame.
Dacoda Easton says she has been mercilessly bullied by girls in her class since starting Year 8 at Urangan High this year but she reached her breaking point last week when her pants were pulled down in the school yard.
The 13-year-old was mortified when a boy approached her from behind and “dacked” her, pulling down her shorts in front of up to 100 other students.
“It was totally unexpected,” Dacoda said.
“I just stood there so embarrassed.”
When a teacher asked Dacoda what had happened, she was told it would be “sorted out” but when the boy was dealt with, he only received a five-day suspension.
This infuriated Dacoda’s mother Wendii who has since removed her from the school.
“That level of punishment is just ridiculous,” Ms Easton said.
“She doesn’t feel safe enough to go back there so I have had to enrol her in a private school.”
Apart from being disappointed in the school’s response, Ms Easton is worried about the message it sends to other victims of bullying.
“I’m lucky she told me about it because this is the kind of thing that eventually leads kids to committing suicide,” she said.
“It’s a real problem and if they don’t do something about it, these bullies are just going to return to school and commit the same offences.”
When the attack first happened, a humiliated Dacoda walked off school grounds and vowed not to return but yesterday she said it was time to fight back.
She said bullies like the boy who “dacked” her and the girls who called her names like an “ugly sl*t” on a daily basis needed to understand what they were doing was not acceptable.
“Lots of other kids get bullied but they are too scared to say anything and if they don’t say anything, the people who are doing it will keep getting away with it.”
Education Queensland’s Wide Bay chief Greg Peach said dacking was “inappropriate behaviour” and would not be tolerated.
He said a number of Year 8 students had been involved in dacking incidents in past weeks and all had been dealt with under the school’s Positive Behaviour Management Plan.
“The school has made it clear that such behaviour is not acceptable and this was reinforced at a Year 8 assembly where students were informed that dacking is not only an invasion of privacy but a form of sexual assault,” Mr Peach said.
“These meetings have been followed up by a meeting with the school-based police officer who reinforced the messages given by the school.”