Dad hires Morcombe lawyer to get answers from school
A FRUSTRATED father has taken legal action against the Department of Education to get an explanation about how his 12-year-old son ended up with severe injuries, including a shattered right leg.
The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has engaged the Morcombe family lawyer, Peter Boyce, to take on the case.
He told the Daily he had been trying to get an explanation since his son was taken from school in a "mangled mess" in an ambulance in May.
From the extent of the injuries, the father believes his son, who had been bullied before, was "viciously assaulted from behind".
His son, who is in Year 8, has had to undergo extensive surgery to repair the broken femur and had a 20cm plate inserted.
He may need further surgery.
The father has been trying to get information from the school as to what has happened, but has hit a legal brick wall.
"We tried and tried with the school, but got no response," the father said.
"We asked for an incident report, but were eventually told by the Education Department this would not be given for legal reasons.
"It is time for the Education Department to know they must put children first not the legal system."
The child has not been able to return to school since the incident and is being home-schooled via distance education.
"He won't be able to attend school until Year 10," the father said.
"There are going to be a few more operations."
The father said when he went to the school, it was suggested his son had been injured in a football game.
However, the surgeon indicated the extent of the injuries suggested something more serious.
"The story is he was tackled, but this is not consistent with the injury," he said.
The father believed his son, who is the smallest in the class, was a victim of bullying.
The father said he also got police involved after getting no help from the school
"We have been very much in the dark about everything. Their (the department's) legal team won't allow us to get an idea," he said.
Mr Boyce said they had filed a claim under personal injuries with the department, with a view to getting the matter resolved.
No amount had been quantified as "the injuries haven't stabilised".
An Education Department spokeswoman said the school was aware police were investigating the incident.
She said the school did not "tolerate violence or bullying in any form".