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Shaping Minds and Bodies

by on Aug.10, 2014, under Education, Health, Kids

You expect the school where you send your kid to shape young minds. Ballina High School in northeast New South Wales, Australia boasts in their description: "The school's culture reflects a commitment to strong discipline and a pride in belonging, as reflected in the wearing of school uniform and respect for the rights of others." ballina_high With annual events like Remembrance Day, Senior Formal, Swimming Carnival, ballina_remember Recognition of major art works and wood projects cameron_corkhill Volunteers, the Toke Visit ballina_toke And Slave Day ballina_slaveday You would expect an environment of safety and respect for every student. ballina_swim 12 year-old James Webb, a Year 7 student at Ballina High, had his arm broken while at school. A spokesman for the Department of Education, on behalf of Ballina High School, said the boy was “pushed over and fallen on by another boy” during a game of grab football, a game that had been repeatedly banned. ballina_webb01 James’ mother Vikki Webb has been told by fellow students her son was swung around by his arm, and then jumped on by a fellow Year 7 student. Ms Webb said one student told her the attacker laughed afterwards. ballina_webb02 “The principal told me the kid didn’t deliberately do it but I think the school is trying to sweep it under the carpet,” she said. Year 12 student Shoni Reilly posted on the Northern Star’s Facebook page that the behaviour of James’ attacker was not the fault of the school or its teachers. “The acting principals and teachers at Ballina High have the best interests of all children at heart,” she wrote. “They can’t physically control the actions of each student and their actions in response to this incident would follow the precedent set for all students.” ballina_webb03 School captain John Parker posted that teachers had warned students against playing football. “If you believe the school has not given this ‘attacker’ long enough, don’t blame the school when they can only interpret the rulings regarding these actions that are given to them from higher up,” he wrote. “Ballina High School is a fantastic school, with great facilities, great teachers and great systems of working things.”
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