School won't say who threw rocks
A BUREAUCRATIC loophole is frustrating a Hervey Bay father seeking justice for his children after they were attacked by other pupils on their way home from school.
The man, whose name has been withheld to protect his children, has turned to education authorities and police to try to identify the group who threw rocks at his children near Pialba State School.
So far his appeal has been unsuccessful.
In an unfortunate coincidence, the man's wife has a permanent disfigurement on her face from a rock that was thrown at her eye when she was in school.
“I don't want history to repeat itself,” he said yesterday.
His nine-year-old daughter was the worst injured in last week's attack and is too frightened to go back to school.
The horrified father went to the school and was told nothing could be done as the attack didn't happen on school grounds.
When he went to the police he was told the young aggressors could be charged with assault, but only if he knew their full names.
The children only knew the first names of the attackers. When the man returned to the school he was told the information could not be handed out due to privacy rules.
Education Queensland's Wide Bay chief Greg Peach said the department took all reported incidences of bullying seriously.
He said the school had investigated the man's report but had been unable to take it any further due to “lack of information”.
He also said the school had not been contacted by Queensland Police but would co-operate fully if a police officer made contact.
“Pialba State School has a Responsible Behaviour Plan for students and all students and their parents are made aware of the school's expectations through this plan,” Mr Peach said.
“Pialba State School is very proactive in its promotion of appropriate behaviour, constantly discussing this issue with students in the classroom, school assemblies and in newsletters.”
A change of school is not an option because both parents are unable to drive. The children's mother is sick, while their father is recovering from injury.
“We have no choice but to send our children to the nearest school,” the parent said.
“I now have to walk the kids to school. I don't mind doing that, but I shouldn't have to.
“There's a sign at the front door of that school that says all children should feel safe.