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Last Updated: Monday, 7 July, 2003, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
School faces more bullying claims
Lisa Chandler and Aimee Reynolds
Lisa Chandler is now teaching her daughter at home
A mother says she withdrew her daughter from a Devon school because of persistent bullying, just weeks before a boy's arm was broken at the same school.

Aimee Reynolds, 12, is being tutored at home by her mother, Lisa Chandler, after what Ms Chandler describes as "continual bullying" at Paignton Community College.

It comes after police started investigating an alleged assault on another pupil at the school when his arm was broken during a drama class on the theme of bullying.

Paignton Community College did not wish to comment, but said they have strict discipline and anti-bullying policies.

It happened day after day after day after day. They've got to start taking notice of the children that are complaining about it
Lisa Chandler
Aimee had previously gone to school in Essex where her father lives, but missed her mother and returned to Paignton.

But then she threatened to run away or kill herself because of what was happening at the school, so her mother took her out two months ago to begin educating her at home two months ago.

Aimee said: "They used to call me 'flat face', which was not nice. They pulled my hair and spat at me and tripped me up when I was walking through the corridors."

She said she did not know why she was singled out.

Lisa Chandler said the bullying continued despite her complaints to the school.

Aimee Reynolds
Aimee said she did not know why she was singled out
She said: "It happened day after day after day after day.

"They've got to start taking notice of the children that are complaining about it and they've got to start taking notice of the parents.

"They've got to start pulling the bullies into line.

"I got to the stage where I was frightened to leave her anywhere on her own in case she took her own life."

Paignton Community College did not wish to comment on what happened to Aimee, but said they have strict discipline and anti-bullying policies which had been praised by government inspectors.

However, the school also said there are plans for improving the care of its youngsters from next term.

The school and the police are continuing investigations into an alleged assault on a 14-year-old pupil.

Liam Kirk was withdrawn from the school by his parents after his arm was broken during a drama class on the theme of bullying last month.


SEE ALSO:
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Father speaks out over bullying
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