A Sheffield mum is refusing to let her son go back to classes after he was punched in the eye by a fellow pupil in an after school attack.
Saif Ahmed, aged 12, was taken by mum Ferzana Khan to Sheffield Children’s Hospital because she feared he had been struck by an implement held in his attacker’s hand.
The incident happened outside the Sheffield Inclusion Centre on Spring Lane, Arbourthorne.
Pupils are often sent to the centre if they have been excluded from mainstream schools.
Saif, who lives on Abbeydale Road, is a former pupil at King Ecgbert School in Dore.
Mrs Khan said the 14-year-old who threw the punch had been sent home by the school at lunchtime but returned later with three adults.
“The lad had been bullying an Asian pupil and Saif stepped in to protect him. He said ‘If you’re going to bully someone, bully me’,” she said.
“Saif is a very brave young man for standing up for a fellow pupil like that and I’m very proud of him. With what happened later he could have lost an eye.
“I’m not letting Saif go back to that place. What happened was completely unacceptable and I want a new school for Saif in the new year.”
Headteacher Helen Whitehead said: “We are aware of an incident that took place at the school gates as pupils were leaving at the end of the school day.
“Staff were still on duty at the time and took appropriate action. We are currently investigating this matter and therefore cannot comment further at this time.
“We take bullying very seriously and don’t condone violence of any kind. We would like to reassure parents that this was an isolated incident and we will be reporting back to the governing body in due course.”