Gracemere boy Jeremiah Murray grasps at the bars pleading for justice to be served. His mother Rachel Murray sits in the background
Gracemere boy Jeremiah Murray grasps at the bars pleading for justice to be served. His mother Rachel Murray sits in the background Austin King

Son is barred from school, but mum blames ‘bullies’

FRUSTRATED Gracemere mum Rachel Murray is at her wit's end.

The mother of four contacted The Morning Bulletin on Wednesday afternoon after her son Jeremiah was suspended for two days from Gracemere State School after kicking another student.

It was her son's third strike and he was forced to sit out of school for two days.

But Rachel believed her son had been the victim of a number of attacks from fellow students, and had questioned the action being taken.

She said she had been told by the school's principal, Jeff Daniels, that the answer to her child's problems was to force the sporty child to spend his lunchtimes in his office.

"I still think his answer of jailing my son by making him spend his lunchtimes in his office is wrong," Rachel said.

"He should deal with the bullies. Something needs to be done."

The school has a tough line on bullying, and had dealt with similar incidents in the past.

Rachel believed Mr Daniels had listened to her and Jeremiah's concerns with bullying and said most of the teachers at the school were great.

She admitted her son wasn't fault-free, but felt he deserved a fair go, and said Jeremiah's reactions to the behaviour of other children was what got him in trouble.

Rachel wanted to know whether the other students involved had been dealt with.

She said she was moving closer to taking stern action.

"The only option we can see is to go to the police and lay charges or leave the school," she said.

"But, I don't want to create a child's criminal history and start a child down that path.

"I know what it's like starting a new school every year, and I said I'd never do that to my child. I don't know what to do."

How to handle bullying

If a student is being bullied they are encouraged to:

Ignore the person who is bullying them and walk away or tell the person to stop and then walk away and go to a place that is safe

Tell someone (like their friends, parents, grandparents, a teacher or a trusted adult) 

Keep on asking for help until the bullying stops

Ring the Kids Help Line 1800 551 800

Information provided by the Department of Education, Training and Employment.



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