Sheffield boy kept off school after bully attack

Bullying victim Jack Ellis and mum Mandy
Bullying victim Jack Ellis and mum Mandy
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A Sheffield mum says she is too scared to send her son to school after claiming a bullying attack left him needing hospital treatment.

Eleven-year-old Jack Ellis started at Chaucer School in Parson Cross only this term, but mum Mandy said the trouble dates back to his time at Southey Green Primary.

Mandy, of Southey Hall Road, said Jack was being picked on because of his weight and he had been warned there would be trouble this week.

“I called the school three times to ask them to keep an eye on him, telling them I was concerned he might not be safe in school, but they didn’t seem to take me seriously,” she said. “Then when I went in he had already been attacked – he’d been punched in the back of the head, slamming him into a brick wall.

“We were at the Children’s Hospital for three hours checking there was no serious damage. Since then I’ve reported the matter to the police but they say it is better if the school deals with it in-house.”

Mandy said she had to keep Jack off school at Southey Green too, claiming the bully and nine other pupils had kicked him to the floor.

“It’s about his weight, he’s always been big, and so he gets ‘fat this’ and ‘fat that’. I’m just worried he’s not safe.”

Chaucer headteacher Scott Burnside said: “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our students and we work hard with parents and students to maintain this.

“We are aware of an incident which resulted in one boy receiving injuries that were treated by the school first aider.

“We take all allegations of bullying at Chaucer seriously – but coupled with this we are not aware, nor have any evidence, of this student being bullied. His primary school has confirmed they have no record of him being bullied previously.

“We have been in touch with the parents of both students involved to reassure them we will be investigating this incident further, and taking all steps possible to help the students resolve their issues.”