‘Too ashamed' to return to school

A HERVEY Bay teenager whose pants were pulled down in public by a schoolyard bully has been forced to continue her studies through distance education.

Dacoda Easton was too ashamed to return to Urangan High School after a fellow Year 8 student “dacked” her in the playground.

Her distraught mum Wendii Easton attempted to enrol her 13-year-old daughter in private schools around the area but found she either couldn't afford the fees or there were no placings left.

Yesterday Ms Easton said she had been left with no choice but to enrol Dacoda in distance education.

Dacoda first broke her silence about what it was like to be bullied two weeks ago.

In the lead-up to the dacking she claimed to have been taunted on a daily basis by a group of girls who would tease and call her names like an “ugly s***”.

The boy responsible for the dacking was suspended from school for five days.

When asked why the boy had not been expelled Education Queensland's Wide Bay chief Greg Peach said the student had been dealt with in accordance with schools Positive Behaviour Management Plan.

He said a number of Year 8 students had been involved in dackings, which he labelled as a form of sexual assault, in the past month and had been warned against such behaviour at the school assembly.

He also stressed that post suspension, students and their parents were reminded of expectations regarding their behaviour and that none had re-offended.

“These meetings have been followed up by a meeting with the school-based police officer who reinforced the messages given by the school about the inappropriate behaviour and consequences.”

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