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Family fears bullies at an East End school

PUBLISHED: 11:34 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:00 05 October 2010

CONCERNED parents say they are scared for their son s life over claims he has been attacked three times at his East End school. Karen and Perry Mines are considering pulling their 14-year-old son Sam Tidmarsh out of George Green s School as they insist s

CONCERNED parents say they are scared for their son's life over claims he has been attacked three times at his East End school.

Karen and Perry Mines are considering pulling their 14-year-old son Sam Tidmarsh out of George Green's School as they insist staff are not doing enough to protect their son against bullies.

Sam who is studying for his GCSEs says he was attacked on two occasions two years ago when 20 boys jumped on him in the school corridor, punching and kicking him while holding him over a 10ft high balcony.

Around four of the boys struck again two weeks ago when they again approached him from behind, threw him to the floor and punched and kicked him, leaving him with bruising and a swollen hand.

But his parents were fuming to hear some of the boys were let off with a warning and two of the ringleaders were only "internally excluded", so put in detention for around two days.

Sam, who is among the school's Gifted and Talented pupils, told the Advertiser he was "scared to go to school" and is continually looking over his shoulder in fear of "someone creeping up" on him.

And Karen added: "It is not safe there. Every time the phone rings I think it could be the school saying he has been stabbed."

Headteacher Kenny Frederick insists staff met with Sam and his mother and carried out a "conflict resolution" with all those involved, with Sam telling her he was no longer worried about being bullied.

But Karen and Perry say they have tried desperately to contact the school's own police officer PC Duncan Evans to demand more action be taken.

Perry, 42, said: "If it goes on like this, someone is going to get hurt.

"The school says it has a strict anti-bullying policy but it doesn't seem to put it into action. They just sweep it under the carpet.

"They are not coming down on these bullies as hard as they should be. What will it take for these boys to be punished?"

Ms Fredrick said: "The school has a history of anti-bullying work and we have 29 pupils on our anti-bully committee which runs a regular drop in session for any youngster who is being bullied.

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