Parents demand answers from a Sydney school after a 10-year-old boy was understood to have been seriously injured in the schoolyard and left in a critical condition.

The boy is now fighting for his life in a critical condition after the incident at Wattawa Heights Public School in Bankstown. He will undergo a full medical examination today.

One child reported seeing the boy hit the floor and “turn blue” after the incident.

Emergency crews were called to the southwestern Sydney school at about midday on Tuesday, shares News.com.au.

Furious parents have taken to the school’s Facebook page demanding answers as to where the supervision was from teacher’s at the time of the incident.

– “Where were you when this huge fight happened?” asked one furious parent. “Where was the supervision which you are required, by law, to supply to the children in your care?

– “Shame, Wattawa Heights School; I hope the young boy survives.”

– “What a lovely bunch of staff, allowing a 10-year-old boy to get bashed almost to death while in your care and supervision,” wrote another.

A spokeswoman for NSW Police told news.com.au it is far too early to understand exactly what happened to the young boy.

She said police cannot confirm if the child was assaulted, saying it could have been a case of “misadventure” — which means the children were messing around and something has gone wrong.

Reports say the children were playing a game in the bathroom at the time when the child fell and possibly hit his head on tiles. While other reports say he was punched in the back by somebody before he fell.

Police are not ruling out an “alleged assault” however, the spokeswoman couldn’t say how many children were involved.

“Police are investigating all circumstances, including misadventure,” she said.

“We are talking to all pupils, teachers and staff to get a full understanding of what happened.”

Police have not yet been able to speak to the boy, as he is still in a critical condition.

A statement issued from the school this morning reads:

“Wattawa Heights Public School is offering support to the family of the student injured at school yesterday and is working with police to determine the circumstances around the injury.

When accurate information about what occurred is available, the school will share that with parents and carers.

It is not appropriate for the school to provide detailed comment about this matter before police finish their investigation.”

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  • Thought that the staff were supposed to make sure the children under their care are supervised. Makes a mockery out of another school charging $2.60 per child who arrives at the school at 8.30am to be looked after by other paid staff.


  • If it was during a pupil lunch break I’m sure a teacher can’t see as much of the school yard at the one time as he/she needs to be able to. Were they playing a bit rough or were they really fighting?? That is what has to be investigated thoroughly. I distinctly remember a girl collapsing at school one day and some caring for her while I and some others searched for the teacher on duty. One pupil wen t straight to the staff room. The layout of of the school I went to meant the teacher couldn’t see the whole of the large yard at the same time. She literally ran to check the pupil, then to the office to call an ambulance. In the meantime another teacher was already on the phone to the Ambulance Service and another teacher was checking the exact location and condition of the pupil. Teachers didn’t have mobile phones with them on duty. They have have changed that now.


  • I’m wondering the same thing myself, where were staff whilst this was happening? How does a child get this badly beaten (which would take time and make noise) and no one noticed? Police and schools need to start enforcing stricter punishments for assaults on school grounds. Sticking their heads in the sand, all that “kids being kids” nonsense needs to stop. No, they’re not being kids, this isn’t a bit of fun that went awry – a child is in hospital in critical condition. Change needs to happen now.


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