Hope now one minds if I have a moan today. I promise it won't happen again - honestly! However on the 2nd of the month my daughter was assaulted in our local park. As you can see its a rather beautiful place and has everything from a lovely pond with swans, standing stones and a play area for children of all ages. It is situated only a few yards from our house.
Last Friday a girl in the same school as my daughter dragged her to the floor and kicked and punched her and then spat all over her (ugh!). She wasn't particularly hurt and I thought it was just one of those scrapes that all kids of that age go through at least once in their lives. I wasn't too worried until I called into the school to mention it when they went back on the 6th.
Apparently the girl in question is known to have a lot of problems and it is thought that she is known to the police. She was sent to a special school that deals with these sort of things. However, and this is the unbelievable part, she clashed with another girl in this school and was sent back to mainstream school as they couldn't do anything with her! She is now housed in the 'Inclusion' centre at our local school, which is really the 'Exclusion Centre' to anyone with half a brain as it is a separate building, but they are not allowed to call it that as no child is allowed to be excluded from school (??!!). The school, by the way, were unable to help as the incident did not occur in school time. My daughter was worried she might bump into her again so the only thing I could do was contact the police. (I do not know the girls parents or where she lives).
The following weekend we took our daughter to a special police house which was set out just like a normal home and she had to give video evidence due to her age. The matter is now in the hands of the police.
What baffles me is the fact that this girl obviously has problems and needs help, yet everyone seems to have given up on her. In view of recent media coverage about vulnerable children being overlooked I thought maybe our system would have got a little better. After all, even though she is in no danger from anyone, she herself is a danger to other people - namely my daughter! I just hope that the police deal with the matter and that the girl is stopped from bullying any other children in the future.
I am beginning to wonder if school is a safe place to send our children. I feel like giving up my job and teaching my kids myself.
Am I being too dramatic or does any one else feel the same as me?
Anyway, on a much lighter note, look what I have got. An absolutely huge piece of material for only 50p from the Cats Protection League. I was so pleased. I haven't a clue what to do with it yet, though I'm sure I will think of something. My Auntie does voluntary work at the CPL so I get to know all the bargains as soon as they arrive in the shop, but this has got to be the best bargain yet!