A FATHER removed his son from a Blackburn school after claiming he had repeatedly complained about bullying.
Tahir Hussain said his 13-year-old son Binyameen, had been psychically and verbally assaulted by an older student and that he was even threatened with a knife in the toilets of his former high school.
Mr Hussain said he has contacted St Wilfrid’s Academy high school repeatedly about the issue and had reported two instances to Ofsted and the police.
A spokeswoman for Lancashire police confirmed officers were aware of the situation and had spoken to both boys involved but, having found no evidence of a knife, decided it was a matter for the school. Ofsted also confirmed it had been contacted.
But Mr Hussain said he had ‘lost hope’ and ‘given up’ on the school.
Mr Hussain said: “My son was in the toilets and an older student pulled out a knife and showed it to my son. They seem to be trying to brush it under the carpet so they don’t have to deal with it.”
Mr Hussain said he and his wife watched their son loose interest in things he once loved, lose weight and become introverted.
They even took him to accident and emergency at the Royal Blackburn Hospital twice, when he was physically sick and shaking at the thought of going to school.
Binyameen has now missed six weeks of school and Mr Hussain is trying to find him a place elsewhere.
Mr Hussain said: “My son has lost half a stone in seven weeks. This whole thing has made him ill and for a long time, we didn’t know what was wrong.
“He was too scared to tell us about the bullying and we were worried he had a health problem.
“He eventually told us and we went to the school straight away but they just won’t deal with it.”
A spokesperson for St Wilfrid’s said: “The school has proactively recorded and managed this issue at every stage.
“When the police became involved they told the school they were satisfied we had taken the matter very seriously and were happy with our actions in relation to the issue.
“The issue continues to be monitored and we would not wish to comment further at this stage.”