South Sydney High School Student Attack
The Hon. CATHERINE CUSACK: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Education and Training. Why did the principal of South Sydney High School fail to notify police of an attack on a brain-injured student after school bullies tried to strangle the boy?
The Hon. CARMEL TEBBUTT: I am aware of this appalling incident and can I say in the first instance that I express every sympathy and support for the parent and the student involved. It is unacceptable. The advice I have is that the students were suspended on the day of the incident. They will be counselled about their future behaviour before they return to school. I have asked the department to confirm that this action is in line with current guidelines on discipline. In the meantime, the victim is being provided with support. I must say it was very disappointing to hear of this incident so soon after we launched our strong anti-bullying program earlier this year, particularly given the campaign that was conducted during March to encourage schools to educate students about bullying. I first heard about this incident immediately prior to question time and I have asked the department to confirm that the action taken is in line with current guidelines.