SCHOOL bullies have forced the family of a nine-year-old girl to flee their home after waging a sustained campaign of hatred.
The sickening onslaught was so bad it culminated in an incident where the terrified girl was throttled by one of her tormentors with a length of video tape.
Her family has now quit their city home, while the girl has swapped schools to escape her tormentors.
After escaping with help from a passer-by, the traumatised youngster ran to her home to grab a knife which she then used to confront her attackers.
Now the victim herself has the has been reported to the Children’s Reporter – for the way she retaliated to the tape attack.
The incident highlights the issue of bullying, which affects nearly every Lothians school.
Her response which happened away from the grounds of her primary school on June 12, resulted in police involvement and the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been referred to the Children’s Reporter.
The step has emerged despite the girl’s 43-year-old mum, the council and police agreeing the bullying the girl was subjected to was “continuous”.
“There was one incident when about ten boys were standing round, kicking the living daylights out of her,” the mum said. “Every time she was out on the street, somebody would do something, hit her, grab her, threaten her.”
She said her daughter and the rest of the family, were now living “out of boxes” having been rehomed twice by housing officers following the incident.
And although her daughter has undergone an “amazing change” since enrolling at a new primary, she said the family had been devastated by the bullying.
Education officials said school staff took robust action to help the girl after evidence of bullying emerged.
A council spokesman said: “A lot of positive measures have been put in place by the school to help the pupil and we have also worked with the local housing team to help the family.”
We revealed earlier this year how ParentLine Scotland is receiving a growing number of inquiries from bullied children who are self-harming.
Volunteers run children’s panels
THE Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) is a national body responsible for dealing with children and young people who have committed offences or are in need of care and protection.
It employs reporters to organise children’s hearings, led by a panel of volunteers. They decide if supervision orders are needed.
Panel members are unpaid but are carefully selected and trained.