One of our mums shares her son’s experience of bullying and his incredible bravery.

It all started over a year ago between two best friends who became enemies overnight at only eleven years old. At first, it was just simple name calling during school hours, but over time, the bullying started to continue after school.

An Ongoing Issue

My child walks his friend to the bus stop everyday to make sure she gets the bus safely, and then continues on his way home on his bike, arriving home just after 4pm. On this particular day, he was grabbed around the throat by this boy and his younger brother, who kicked him in the balls, while their seven year old sister encouraged them.

He ended up in such a state that a passing parent drove my son home, despite him only being 200m away. He arrived white faced, dry retching and holding his tummy as a result of their attack. I contacted the school, police and the parent of the three children immediately.

The school completed a report and contacted all parties involved, and the police spoke to my son and gave him advice for handling bullies. The mother of the children, however, told me that my son is an animal and has me wrapped around his finger.

Time went by and this continued to be an issue, but my son received counselling and was handling the bullies with confidence.

He’s Not Ok

Today, the school contacted me at 3:45pm asking me to pick up my son because it was not safe for him to make his own way home.

When I arrived, the school informed me that my son had been hurt and threatened by a parent, and by her children who were also involved. They took me into the sick bay where my son and two teachers were talking. After being informed of the whole situation, we were then walked to the car by a teacher. I am happy with the way the school handled the situation today, but I feel very disappointed that it took this long for the evidence to be taken seriously. M

y son was asked by the police if he would like to press charges, which he has now done, and has also given a statement of all events.

Fingers crossed this is the end of the pain, heartache and depression my son has experienced. I am over listening to him cry his eyes out at night in bed. He says he’s ok, but I know he’s not. He is a brave boy.

This mum’s story broke our hearts. If your child is experiencing bullying, contact their school immediately, and visit Kids Helpline for more information.

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  • Absolutely devostating


  • Such a sad story but even worse this is reality for alot of kids


  • This story sounds insane. What is wrong with people and how could a parent do that?!


  • This is such a heartbreaking story !!
    That this boy is hurt and threatened by a parent is so shocking. This parent must be so blind and a bully herself and hard on her way making bullies of her children.
    Pressing charges is appropriate, but also stressful for this boy who endured already so much ! Bless him, hope he gets all the help & support he needs.


  • I know a Mum who reported to her daughter’s school that she was being bullied. She was told it was her daughter doing the bullying. Having seen how one of the other pupils reacts as soon as he spots it, I very much expect she may have had reacted in self defense. If her daughter was the bullying instigator why wasn’t the parents notified? I suspect the school took an easy way out.


  • School educators are doing their best in bullying situations but it doesn’t seem to deter the bullies. Going to the police and reporting verbal and physical assaults is a better way to try and put a stop to these incidents.


  • Not only sad for the little boy and his Mum but sad for all kids/adults to come that this ongoing plague is now such a common thing and seems not to be abating :,(


  • Poor kid, hopefully all the bullying stopped.
    The other parent should be ashamed, their kids are the way they are because of them.


  • Kids won’t learn if the parents are bullies themselves


  • Disgraceful that the parent is not only not doing anything but is an active participant.


  • Wow that’s horrible! And that the other parent was encouraging this behavior is just disgusting!


  • My heart just broke reading this story I hope this young boy is OK he will need a lot of love and support and it sounds like he has an amazing and caring mother! All children have a right to feel safe its an international law and the family that has hurt this poor young boy have broken that law!


  • I am glad the school has finally reacted to the bullying. But what about the other children has anything been done to stop this. Having dealt with this myself and with my children nothing really is solved, even with the police involved.


  • I hope that pressing charges maybe he will now be left alone.


  • This is absolutely horrific – no child should be unsafe and be bullied in this reprehensible way.


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