Footage of a 12-year-old boy being struck by another boy has been circulated on social media
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Footage of a 12-year-old boy being struck by one other boy has been circulated on social media

A father has posted footage of his 12-year-old son being hit in a college playground on social media.

Craig McCombe advised the BBC he had taken the motion as Glengormley Excessive College had did not deal adequately with allegations his son had been bullied.

The BBC has contacted Glengormley Excessive College via the Training Authority, however the college has not but responded.

The Training and Coaching Inspectorate (ETI) had beforehand raised issues about pupils’ security within the college.

Mr McCombe, from Newtownabbey in County Antrim, mentioned a college playground battle final Friday lunchtime was filmed on pupil’s cell phone.

Within the footage, Mr McCombe’s son is seen being hit by one other pupil whereas being held on the bottom.

‘They advised me my son was secure’

Mr McCombe mentioned his daughter, who can be a pupil on the college, had obtained the video that afternoon as pupils had shared it on social media.

“Once I noticed the video I obtained useless upset as a result of my son was mendacity on the bottom being punched,” he mentioned.

He mentioned he then had a gathering with a senior college employees member on Friday afternoon at which he was advised the college would take care of the incident on Monday.

He additionally contacted the police however, after talking to officers, advised them he would like that the college handled the matter.

Mr McCombe mentioned the college advised him on Monday that the opposite pupil within the video can be put in a unit on his personal for per week, however he mentioned that had not occurred.

“They advised me my son was secure,” he mentioned.

“They advised me the opposite wee boy can be within the centre for per week, however they despatched him again into the conventional college the subsequent (college) day.

“He was solely again into regular college and he hit my son once more.”

‘Punched on the again of the top’

Mr McCombe claims his son was punched in a college hall on Monday by the identical pupil featured within the video.

He mentioned that his daughter had once more advised him in regards to the alleged incident.

“The varsity ought to have rung me or his mom and advised us he was hit once more,” he mentioned.

“My son was punched on the again of the top three or 4 instances.”

Mr McCombe claims that led him to share the footage of Friday’s incident on social media.

“I sat down alone and thought and thought and thought earlier than I put that video on Fb,” he mentioned.

“If this video had by no means come about, the college would have gotten away with not coping with it.

“I’ve nothing in opposition to the video, I am glad it is out.

“I am highlighting this earlier than any individual’s baby will get critically injured.”

Mr McCombe has quickly withdrawn his two kids from the college, and mentioned he wished Glengormley Excessive College to take care of incidents of bullying extra critically.

“I truthfully do not know what I’ll do,” he mentioned.

“What worries me is what is going on on in my son’s head.

“Bullying is a psychological factor – it may not bruise nevertheless it’s in your head.”

Questions of safety raised

Glengormley Excessive College was the topic of an Training and Coaching Inspectorate (ETI) report revealed in Might 2017.

“In discussions with the inspectors, a major minority of the pupils reported that they don’t at all times really feel secure within the college,” mentioned the ETI.

“Moreover, whereas they’re conscious what to do if they’ve any issues about their security or welfare, they aren’t at all times assured that points raised can be resolved.”

In a press release to the BBC, the PSNI mentioned it had “acquired stories of two assaults on a 12-year-old boy at a college in Glengormley on Friday 6 and Monday 10 October”.