A Coffs Coast mother is calling on parents and students to support her Change.org petition asking Toormina High School to address schoolyard bullying.
A Coffs Coast mother is calling on parents and students to support her Change.org petition asking Toormina High School to address schoolyard bullying.

Campaign to stop school bullies

COFFS Coast mum Christie Majorek is fighting back against the bullying that she says made her daughter's life at Toormina High School a nightmare.

Acting on allegations of vicious bashings and ongoing harassment in the schoolyard she has posted an online petition to highlight what she says is a local problem.

More than 3000 people have already joined her online campaign on change.org asking authorities to stop the violence at the Coffs Coast high school.

Christie says bullying has been a long-standing issue at the school, with numerous complaints about bashings, fights, intimidation and harassment falling on deaf ears.

She says the last straw came when her daughter Mikayla started coming home in tears from the bullying she experienced at the school.

"As a mother, it's utterly devastating to feel so powerless to take care of your own child," Kristie said.

"We place our trust in the school to look after our kids when we're not around, and so far, they've let us down.

"This is a huge problem and it's getting worse.

"Mikayla was getting so frightened of school that we decided to move her - but I don't want other parents and kids to go through what we did.

Christie's petition on Change.org has triggered a flood of comments.

The Department of Education has responded in a statement saying Toormina High School does not have a particular bullying problem.

"The school does not tolerate any violence or bullying, and all reported cases are immediately dealt with according to the school's community-agreed welfare and discipline code, including a range of disciplinary action for perpetrators, and support for victims and perpetrators, including close cooperation with families," a department spokesman said.

Five cases of bullying have been reported at the school over 2011 and 2012, the department revealed.

It said the school's Anti-bullying Plan is available to parents on request and is described on the school's website.


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