Warwick parents say bullying is out of control.
Warwick parents say bullying is out of control. michaeljung

Parents cry out over bullying epidemic in Warwick schools

STUDENTS are dropping out of schools, becoming "suicidal" and suffering in a bullying epidemic that has gotten out "out of control" in Warwick high schools.

More than 25 people have come forward with complaints about a bullying culture that is rife within Warwick State High School, some saying teachers frequently turn a blind eye to the problems.

The comments come mostly from family members and past students who responded in the past 24 hours to a social media post asking for reviews about the school.

One mother explained how her eldest child had "changed dramatically" since enrolling in WSHS.

"I feel like each day I watch another beautiful part of my son die," she said.

"I hate the bloody place and what it's turned my beautiful boy into."

Another woman said her two children were told they did not "fit in with other people" and were advised to leave the school after being "bashed".

"My kids suffered anxiety and depression, it was all medically recorded. That just made them easy targets," Natalie Bartholomew said.

One former WSHS student said she was bullied and nothing was done.

Bullying can happen in the classroom, in school grounds, at home and online.
Bullying can happen in the classroom, in school grounds, at home and online. FatCamera

"Teachers never do anything about bullying in that school," Rebecca Cottham said.

"I was bullied so many times and teachers did sh*t all about it except telling me just stay away from them."

Mother Kathryn Goldspink said it was "out of control".

The Warwick Daily News has contacted principal Joy Craig about the allegations, but has not yet received a response.

The public high school is not the only Warwick school were reports of bullying have been detailed.

A former Scots PGC boarder said a psychiatrist recommended he leave the college after three years of non-stop bullying.

The 14-year-old student said he didn't realise the full effect bullying was having on him until he switched schools in the middle of Year 8.

"It was mainly just verbal things, people constantly mocking me, I lived there for three years so that had a massive psychological effect on me," he said.

Earlier this year, bullying issues at the school came under scrutiny following the tragic death of boarder Amy "Dolly" Everett.

Dolly's parents said their daughter was tortured by bullies and suffered physical, mental and online abuse from fellow students.

If you or anyone you know is affected by this story, call Crisis Care Helpline on 1800 199 008, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyondblue on 1300 224 636.


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