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Mum outraged by stabbing

St Joseph’s College Year 8 student Lachlan Raferty was stabbed with a pen by a classmate during school recess.
St Joseph’s College Year 8 student Lachlan Raferty was stabbed with a pen by a classmate during school recess. Contributed

THE mother of a St Joseph's College student who was stabbed twice by a classmate is outraged at how the school handled the situation.

On November 14, Year 8 student Lachlan Raftery was stabbed with a pen in the upper arm during recess.

His mother Luci Raftery, of Tweed Heads, was informed by a phone message that there had been an incident.

"The message didn't tell me anything," she said.

She contacted St Joseph's to find out what had happened but the front office staff member was unable to tell her.

About 3.30pm a teacher called her, just as Lachlan walked in the door in his blood-stained shirt.

"It was just wrong on so many levels," she said.

"I would've liked a heads up.

"This was not a priority for them and they would not tell me anything."

Mrs Raftery said she was disappointed with the school's actions.

"The lack of transparency is appalling," she said.

"There is such a lack of feedback to the parents."

She believes nothing was in place to prevent the incident from happening to her 14-year-old son.

"Accidents do happen," she said.

"But the situation was not managed properly.

"People need to know this crap is happening because there is a false sense of security here."

St Joseph's principal, Eric Littler, said it was an isolated incident.

"We basically removed one of the students from the school while we investigated the incident to ensure the safety of all students," he said.

"We also reported the incident to the police.

"We followed our process and protocols to resolve the incident and to establish exactly what happened.

"We carried out inquiries and investigations into the incident.

Obviously all the parties involved realise that what happened shouldn't have happened and it wasn't appropriate.

"We're reviewing the processes that occurred in this instance."

Originally Mrs Raftery was told the other child has been suspended for three days but after she contacted the school the child's suspension was extended.

Mr Littler said the child was suspended while the school carried out inquiries and would be back at school soon.

"Until we could establish exactly what had happened, the child wasn't at school," he said.

On Thursday, following a strongly worded email, Mrs Raftery met Mr Littler to discuss the issue.

"It went well but a lot of excuses were made," she said.

"There are obvious flaws in the system that he said they will be addressing."

Tweed/Byron Local Area Command Inspector Jim Kain said a report was given to the police.

No further investigation was taking place.

Topics:  pen, school, stabbing


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