A MOTHER withdrew her son from a Martin high school after violence and racial vilification directed at him was filmed and posted online.
A 14-year-old boy said that on August 9 at Lumen Christi College, a student approached him in class, grabbed him around the neck and threw him to the floor while another filmed the incident.
The film, titled Mexican Learns his Place, appeared on Facebook later that evening.
It went offline after the attacker received a Violence Restraining Order on August 12.
Gosnells Police, who have the video, are investigating an assault report.
The victim said there had been tension between him and the other boy since early this year, when he told a teacher he believed the other intended to post inappropriate images of a female student online.
His mother asked a pastoral care co-ordinator to keep an eye on them, but her son still endured taunts of ‘wog’ and ‘Mexican’, as well as references to hair on his top lip, courtesy of his Italian-Maltese heritage.
He said the teacher who witnessed the attack did not check he was all right or report it, but told him he would “‘need to pull out the razor’.”
His mother complained and the school’s pastoral care director emailed her, saying he did not condone name-calling, but her son’s facial hair caused the bullying.
He suggested she was blowing things out of proportion by not addressing this.
“It has to be removed,” says the email, of which Comment News has a copy.
His mother said about eight months ago the school’s deputy principal, and another teacher, advised that her son was too young to shave and his “bum-fluff” did not need it.
His Semester 1 school report said his grooming was “always of a high standard.”
Principal Geoff Mills said he would not comment on individuals, in order to protect their dignity and privacy, but the college took bullying seriously and worked with students and parents to address it.
He said an extensive pastoral care program supported students, who were encouraged to report situations in which they felt unsafe or believed they were bullied.
“All schools face these issues and work with young people in the best possible ways to help them make responsible choices,” he said.