Arms broken in schoolyard attack

Heidi Carter keeps a close watch over her son Lochlan Winkelmann, 8, yesterday who suffered breaks to both arms after an incident in the school playground.
Heidi Carter keeps a close watch over her son Lochlan Winkelmann, 8, yesterday who suffered breaks to both arms after an incident in the school playground. Chris Ison

WORRIED mum Heidi Carter wants schoolyard bullying stamped out after her son suffered two broken arms in an alleged playground attack last week.

Yesterday Lochlan Winkelmann, 8, spent another afternoon at the specialist being treated for the painful injuries he suffered when he was “pushed over” at Berserker Street State School.

Ms Carter said it was unfair her son would miss the next six weeks of school while it was believed the boy who pushed him over was hit with a three-day suspension.

She is considering her legal options, particularly if Lochlan doesn't make a full recovery from his injuries.

Mrs Carter said children should be safe at school.

“Instead I get a phone call that he has to go to hospital on suspicion of a broken arm and when we get there we find out he has two broken arms,” Mrs Carter said.

“He now has to rely on me to do everything for him including feeding him, giving him a drink and showering him.”

She said she didn't know why her son was targeted.

“My son is a quiet boy who loves school and learning,” Ms Carter said.

“He isn't rude and sticks to himself, so I have no idea why he is targeted.

“I think something needs to be done in schools.”

She alleged Lochlan had been picked on in the past and she had raised her concerns on several occasions with a member of staff who had now left the school.

Yesterday, Education Queensland responded on behalf of the school with the department's Central Queensland regional director Wayne Butler saying there is no place for bullying or violence in state schools.

“The department is aware of an incident at Berserker Street State School last week where a student was injured,” Mr Butler said.

“An ambulance and the student's parents were called immediately to the school, and an investigation into the incident took place.

“Berserker Street State School takes all reported incidences of bullying very seriously.

“A student was disciplined under the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan in relation to this incident.”

He said the safety and wellbeing of the injured student was the school's main priority.

“The school will continue to work closely with the parents of the injured student, to support his learning until he returns to school,” Mr Butler said.

“A plan will also be put in place to ensure his return to Berserker Street State School is managed in a positive and supportive way.”

In recent weeks bullying has been a hot topic in The Morning Bulletin.

Rockhampton psychologist and CQUniversity lecturer Vanessa Ghea said it was a serious problem, especially within schools.

Dr Ghea and her co-workers see at least four to five cases in their Rockhampton practice each week.

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