Megan Scott
Someone Being Bullied
Female | South Shields, England   United Kingdom
‘My teen daughter was bullied out of school’
Bullying Type: Emotional
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6/19/13 10:12 AM
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A MUM fears for her daughter’s education after a school move prompted by bullying claims was blocked.

Lisa Scott says 13-year-old Megan attempted to take her own life after suffering verbal and web-based abuse at Mortimer Community College in South Shields.

She immediately withdrew her child from the school and contacted the local education authority to find her a place elsewhere.

But three months after applying for a ‘managed move’ to Harton Technology College in South Shields, they have been told such a move would not be possible.

Mrs Scott, of Bramham Court, Harton Moor, South Shields, now fears her daughter will struggle to find a school before the start of the new academic year in September.

She said: “At the beginning of April my daughter was subjected to bullying at Mortimer Community College.

“It was at school, online, it was just horrendous. She attempted suicide it got that bad.

“After that she wouldn’t return to Mortimer, so we started the process of finding another school for her and contacted the local education authority.

“They said we would need to do a managed move because Megan asked if it was possible to transfer to Harton.

“That has gone on for the last 12 weeks or more and eventually, on Friday, we got a decision with regards to it and they have said no, we can’t take on a managed move.

“We’re now five weeks from the end of school up to the summer holidays and they are saying we have to decide on another school Megan is happy to go to.

“We have made another choice of Whitburn C of E Academy, but that would have to be another managed move.

“Judging by the length of time it has taken so far, Megan could well be without a school in September.”

Under a managed move, Megan’s behaviour and conduct would be closely monitored for six weeks and if both she and the school are happy, she will be kept on.

Mrs Scott, 42, and her husband John, 53, have an older daughter, Sian, 14, who is also a pupil at Mortimer and is happy there.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “South Tyneside Council’s Services for Young People Team is aware of this case.

“We take issues of bullying very seriously and are doing everything we can to support Megan and her family.”

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