Mum of girl hung from tree demands national action on bullying
The mother of a 10-year-old Perth girl who was allegedly hung from a tree with a skipping rope is calling for national mandatory bullying reporting laws.
Amber Yoon was left “broken” and traumatised by the incident which took place during lunch time at Queen of Apostles Catholic School in Cannington last month.
The young girl suffers from a number of life threatening medical conditions and was taken out of the school by her parents after the incident.
An investigation by Cannington detectives was launched, but has since concluded with no charges being laid.
“Trying to explain to Amber why no one’s accountable for what she went through, she couldn’t understand,” her mother Belinda Yoon told 9NEWS.
“How do we get something where a little girl is choked, hung from a tree, and no one’s accountable for that?”
Ms Yoon said detectives told her they believe her daughter was hung from the tree, but because of the age of alleged offender it makes it almost impossible to lay charges.
“For most of the charges that were available, the police would have to show that there was an intent to harm or an intent to kill,” lawyer John Hammond told 9NEWS.
“They’ve decided that can’t be show and I can understand why. The people involved are far too young to understand the consequences of their actions.”
Ms Yoon is now demanding the Federal Government take action.
“Mandatory laws across Australia on a Federal level,” she said.
“Every single school has to follow bullying protocol (so) when an incident (is) reported it can’t be swept under the rug, it can’t be left unchecked.
“We could’ve lost our little girl that day. We’re very lucky we didn’t. The government needs to listen to this, needs to create change.”
Catholic Education WA told 9NEWS in a statement that “the school involved has stringent child protection politics and standards in place, including reporting and behaviour management.”