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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