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 informed the BBC he had taken the motion as Glengormley Excessive Faculty had did not deal adequately with allegations his son had been bullied.

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

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

Mr McCombe, from Newtownabbey in County Antrim, stated 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 informed me my son was protected’

Mr McCombe stated 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 bought useless upset as a result of my son was mendacity on the bottom being punched,” he stated.

He stated he then had a gathering with a senior college workers member on Friday afternoon at which he was informed the varsity would take care of the incident on Monday.

He additionally contacted the police however, after talking to officers, informed them he would favor that the varsity handled the matter.

Mr McCombe stated the varsity informed him on Monday that the opposite pupil within the video could be put in a unit on his personal for per week, however he stated that had not occurred.

“They informed me my son was protected,” he stated.

“They informed me the opposite wee boy could be within the centre for per week, however they despatched him again into the traditional 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 pinnacle’

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

He stated that his daughter had once more informed him concerning the alleged incident.

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

“My son was punched on the again of the pinnacle 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 stated.

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

“I’ve nothing towards the video, I am glad it is out.

“I am highlighting this earlier than anyone’s youngster will get severely injured.”

Mr McCombe has briefly withdrawn his two youngsters from the varsity, and stated he needed Glengormley Excessive Faculty to take care of incidents of bullying extra severely.

“I actually do not know what I will do,” he stated.

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

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

Questions of safety raised

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

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

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

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