'Teach your children to be kind': Mum's plea to stop bullying after son hospitalised

Jak's mum says bullies pushed her son and he hit his head on a metal pole.
Jak's mum says bullies pushed her son and he hit his head on a metal pole. Photo: Facebook/Justice for Jak

A mum whose son has been hospitalised with a horrific head injury has appealed to parents everywhere to speak out against bullying.

"He has been whipped with skipping ropes, stabbed with a pencil, scratched, punched, called names, stabbed with paper clips, hit around the face with a tennis racquet,"  devastated mum Laney wrote on the Justice for Jak Facebook page.

"The bully, his brother, and two of his friends jumped on my son's head!"

Jak before the injury
Jak before the injury 

This all led up to an incident on 23 March when Jak was pushed so hard he hit his head on a metal pole. Jak's mum was amazed at the school's inaction.

"The school did not give him a head injury letter or even a cold compress," she wrote.

The next day, when she saw the lump had grown in size, Jak's mother took him to the Accident and Emergency department of their local hospital. The diagnosed concussion and sent him home.

A few days later, the wound had become infected, and Jak was prescribed antibiotics, but over the days that followed, the infection became worse and Jak suffered terrible headaches.

Doctors persisted in diagnosing concussion, but Jak's mum was sure there was something more going on. Jak was diagnosed another antibiotic and sent home.

Jak's seventh birthday was a miserable affair because of his injury.

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"He spent the day in bed and then had a party at jungle land where he sat in the toilet until his friends left his own party as the pain was so severe from his friends talking and laughing," his mum wrote. "That evening Jak cried all night with head pains in my bed."

Laney took her son back to the emergency department again, but when they tried to send him home with concussion she complained until he was admitted for further tests. By this time Jak had been in pain for two weeks.

What they found was a blood clot that had formed in Jak's head. He was admitted to theatre to have the clot and pus drained from around the wound. He was then put on a drip containing antibiotics, painkillers and morphine.

Jak then had to have another operation to have a vacuum drain inserted in his head to continue to drain the wound.

"My son has been in a hospital for six days," his mum wrote, "not once has the bully missed a break time or received any punishment."

Jak's mum is also upset at the way the school has handled the event, referring to the incident in a school newsletter as a "minor injury" that got infected.

"I'm appalled at the school that I send my children to for six hours, five days a week to be put in danger and then dismissed," she wrote.

"But on top of that the police, people who are meant to protect the public can't/won't do anything!"

When the bullying was reported to the local police, the family was told there was nothing police could do because the bullies were under the age of 10.

One commenter on Facebook was outraged at the police's inaction. "I am a cop and while the bullies are under the age of 10, as a cop, the least the lazy bastards over in Telford could do is get their arses over to the school, demand to see the kids and ask what the school is gonna do about it! And if they don't do anything, drag the parents of these bullies to the local police station and sort them out! How could anyone see this kind of bullying and do nothing about it and call themselves cops?! Bloody outrageous, this!"

Many offered their support. One mum wrote, "Name and shame the school, bullies and their parents…this is disgusting. I hope your beautiful boy makes a speedy recovery, sending my love."

Another commenter shared, "This is absolutely heartbreaking. I can only imagine the heartbreak you are feeling. My son is 7 and when I stumbled across this, the mixture of emotions I felt were of pain, anger, sorry, and sheer disbelief."

Jak's mum thanked everyone for their support. "We need to stand up to bullies," she wrote. "Pull together and make a change! Teach our children to be kind, teach our children to speak up."