A 32-year-old father has been arrested at his son’s school while trying to speak to the headmistresses over bullying concerns.
Shaun Mulchinock claimed his eight-year-old son Jamie has been bullied for the past year at Francis Askew Primary School in Hull, East Yorkshire.
He said one incident even left Jamie with a haemorrhage behind his eye – and he has now taken both his son and younger daughter, aged four, out of the school.
Shaun Mulchinock claimed his eight-year-old son has been bullied for the past year at school
On Friday Mr Mulchinock tried to meet the headmistress, whom he claims will not talk to him
On Friday morning he tried to meet headmistress Ruth Murray, whom he claims will not talk to him, but ended up being arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.
This was said to have followed ‘threatening behaviour’ – after he was allegedly seen holding a ‘concrete turtle ornament’, which he thought was interpreted as a weapon.
He said he had arrived at the school – which Ofsted says ‘requires improvement – intending of taking his children out of class, but was not allowed inside the building.
Mr Mulchinock said: ‘I can’t deal with it (the alleged bullying). It breaks my heart. He’s been bullied for the last 12 or 13 months. About eight months ago he had to go to the hospital after being punched in the eye which gave him a blood clot.
The father claimed his son has been bullied for a year at Francis Askew Primary School in Hull
‘He had a disagreement with someone in the class. The kid has come round and whacked him and he’s ended up in Hull Royal (Infirmary). He’s been punched and kicked. The lad has not had it easy and he’s behind with all his schooling anyway.
‘One of them will run up to him and kick him and then he’ll go up to them ask why they’ve done it and he’ll get kicked by two others. It’s because he’s not all that bright. He is one of them that likes to stay in and relax and not go out.’
Mr Mulchinock said he had put his son into boxing classes to try and help him deal with the issues he has come up against in school. He also decided not to send them to school this week and is now looking into home schooling options.
‘It’s getting beyond a joke so I’ve taken them out,’ he said. ‘I need to get them into a different school. I’m going to see if I can go home-schooled. I can’t deal with it. It breaks my heart. I feel helpless.’
One attack on the eight-year-old boy left him in hospital at Hull Royal Infirmary, the father said
He was arrested by Humberside Police at the site on Friday, with a school spokesman saying they ‘will not tolerate threatening behaviour towards our staff’.
Ofsted says school ‘requires improvement’
Francis Askew Primary School ‘s latest Ofsted inspection in May 2017 said it ‘requires improvement’ – also telling of ‘inconsistencies in teachers’ assessment of pupils’ progress’.
The report added that ‘support for lower-ability pupils across school is not swift enough or thorough enough to accelerate pupils’ progress.’
It also said: ‘Parents say that bullying does sometimes occur, but most agree that when this is discussed with staff, it is dealt with successfully and the issue is resolved.’
But after the report was released, headteacher Ruth Murray said steps had already been taken to make changes – and she was pleased that the report found pupils to be happy there.
Mr Mulchinock claimed staff had feared he was in possession of a brick when he went onto the school site – however, he said he had just been given a gift.
He said: ‘They said I had a brick with me but it was a concrete turtle. It was given to me by one of my friends who came to make sure I didn’t kick off.’
In response, a school spokesman said bullying was taken ‘incredibly seriously’.
They said: ‘We will not tolerate threatening behaviour towards our staff. The safety and welfare of our staff and children are an absolute priority.
‘The school takes reports of bullying incredibly seriously and any suggestion of bullying is investigated thoroughly.’
A police spokesman said: ‘A man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence, namely threatening behaviour, following an incident at a school in Hull on November 30.
‘He was taken into custody and has since been cautioned and released.’