By LAURA CLARK
The Daily Mail
A mother has been banned from a primary school after confronting a bully who used her five-year- old son as a ‘human punch bag’.
Christine Hart, 38, calmly asked the pupil to ‘please stop hitting’ her son Arthur after he endured months of bullying despite several complaints to teachers.
But a teaching assistant saw and hauled her off to the headmistress, who told her not to cross the school gates and to attend a hearing with the governors to discuss her conduct. Miss Hart spoke to the pupil last week when she dropped Arthur off at his classroom at Orleans Infants School, which serves a well-to-do catchment area in Twickenham, South-West London.
She has been warned she could face a further six-month ban for ‘verbally abusing’ the pupil and interrupting a class. She was also told that causing a ‘nuisance’ at school could constitute a criminal offence and that any further incidents will be reported to police.
‘I am being punished because I stood up for my son when the school appeared to be doing nothing about my complaints,’ she said.
‘What message does this send to the boy? I don’t know if he’s ever been told off. Instead, I’m the one who is made to feel in the wrong,
‘The message is hit Arthur whenever you like as you cannot be touched. If anyone challenges you, they will be cast out of school and threatened with the police.’ The school issued a statement saying that pupil safety was paramount and all bullying procedures had been followed.
Miss Hart, a journalist, said the bullying began when Arthur started at the school last September. Full story.
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