A FIGHT between three boys in a school change room resulted in one getting a badly bruised face and two others being suspended.
Clarkson Community High School principal John Young said three Year 7 students had an argument that led to a scuffle about 11.25am on September 3.
Mr Young said that resulted in one student tripping and hurting his face.
“Our staff stepped in to stop the incident, and ensured the student received medical treatment,” he said. “Two students were suspended.
“This was a one-off incident and certainly very out of character for the two suspended students.”
Rebecca Dimmack said her son Lachlan (13), who had been off school since the incident, was punched during the fight and fell onto a bench and the floor.
Mrs Dimmack said a CT scan on Monday showed there was no break or fracture to his eye or cheek.
She said while her son has had “a couple of problems” with the other two boys, none had been of the magnitude of the September 3 incident.
“I don’t think a day-and-a-half suspension is sufficient,” she said. “Schools need to toughen up on bullying.”
Mr Young said the school held case management meetings with all three families to develop safe plans for the students, including support at break times.
“Timetables have also been changed to minimise them seeing each other,” he said.
“Work packages have been provided to the boy who was hurt as he is still away from school.”
Mr Young said the school embraced the “bullying, no way” message, had highly trained staff and helped students learn to behave with respect for others.
“There has been a significant decline in incidents in recent times,” he said. “The school addresses issues with a restorative practice approach to help students resolve issues.
“Staff have also attended professional development about bullying intervention, and year co-ordinators are very active in working to address any issues.”