Protest over school bullying claims

Date:7th May 2013.'Steven Wilson, 42, of Crossgates, Leeds, whose daughter Jade, 13, (Correct), attends Boston Spa School, in Boston Spa, is protesting outside the school after his daughter has been bullied many times and the school has failed react to his daughters needs.
Date:7th May 2013.'Steven Wilson, 42, of Crossgates, Leeds, whose daughter Jade, 13, (Correct), attends Boston Spa School, in Boston Spa, is protesting outside the school after his daughter has been bullied many times and the school has failed react to his daughters needs.
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The father of a teenage daughter mounted a protest outside a school this week after claiming his teenage daughter is being bullied.

Steven Wilson, 42, says he has been “driven” to set up protest placards and park his van outside the school after he claimed his 13-year-old daughter has endured two years of torment at the hands of bullies at Boston Spa School.

Mr Wilson, who began his protest on Tuesday morning, told the News he intended to stay there for the rest of the week as he feels not enough has been done to address the problem, a claim the school strongly denies.

He said: “My daughter has suffered a barrage of bullying and the school has not dealt with the bullies.

“I did not want to do this but feel I have been driven to it as I want to highlight the problem of bullying at Boston Spa school.

“It is a shame as my daughter has good friends there and there are some fantastic teachers, but the bullying is just not acceptable.”

Mr Wilson, who admits to being arrested by West Yorkshire Police after he says he confronted those he believed to be responsible for bullying his daughter on a bus, said he now wants the school to exclude his daughter’s bullies.

He says his daughter has suffered verbal as well as physical abuse, including being hit, and his his daughter frequently comes home from school in tears. The Crossgates resident, a self-employed Government contractor, claims he has spoken to the school on at least five occasions about the bullying but the problem has not been sufficiently tackled.

Chris Walsh, headteacher at Boston Spa School, said in a statement to the News: “We take allegations of bullying extremely seriously and have a strong policy in place at our school, the implementation of which was recently praised by Ofsted.

“Our main priority in this situation is the welfare and school life of the pupil involved.

“We will be working closely with the individual concerned to try to solve any issues.

“We are always willing to speak with parents who have concerns about anything to do with their children, but there is an appropriate way to do this.

“We have already investigated complaints from this specific parent. with the school governors looking at the bullying policy and finding that it is well above standard.”A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said officers were called to Clifford Moor Road following reports of a protest on Tuesday morning. The spokesman said: “Police attended the scene but as no crimes were being committed the man was allowed to continue his peaceful protest.”