Two pupils from the Fyzabad Secondary School have been suspended for severely beating a Form one boy on the compound on Friday.
The bullying incident has left the 13-year-old boy nursing injuries including a head wound and being highly traumatised as he has not slept and eaten since.
Speaking with the Guardian Media on Wednesday, the schoolboy’s mother, who did not wish to reveal her and her son’s identity, was overwhelmed with emotions.
The mother explained that the incident has left her traumatised and she vowed never to send her son back to school there as she fears for his life.
She said, “When the incident happened nobody from the school, no principal, no teacher not even security called me to let me know my son got beat up. My son called me crying. When those children come back out you think they will leave him? They may look to kill him this time. He is my only child. His father died when he was one year old and nobody knows what I went through to grow him up and be able to send him to school for him to get a good education.”
The boy told his mother the incident occurred between 10.30 am and 11 am when he was on his way back from the cafeteria to his classroom.
According to him, he was walking to his classroom when someone from the upper floor threw a bottle towards a group of boys on the ground floor. The schoolboy was accused of throwing the bottle and subsequently beaten. He also sustained a wound to the head behind one of his ears.
The incident was caught via a cellphone camera and the footage went viral on social media over the past few days.
“My son cannot take seeing the video on social media. Neither can I. I don’t know what to do again because this is tormenting us. I could have lost my son. I feel like I’m losing my mind. My son kept telling them it wasn’t him but they kept on beating him and telling him that he is lying. How can these children and their parents sleep comfortable when the night comes?” the boy’s mother cried.
The woman said she went to the school on Tuesday where she held discussions with the principal and teachers. She said she was told that between 10 to 15 children were suspended.
“I will have to get professional counselling too for him...he’s not doing well at all,” the mother said.
She added that she intends to lodge an official report at the Ministry of Education and planned on requesting a transfer in the new year.
The Ministry of Education, when contacted by Guardian Media, said it received a full report from the school’s principal about the incident and thus far said that two students were suspended.
The ministry said the student who dealt the blows and the other who recorded it and sent it on social media have both been suspended from classes.