A mother from Perth, Australia, has spoken out and detailed the extreme bullying her 10-year-old disabled daughter had gone through at her school. Amber Yoon, her daughter, was reportedly born with a hole in her heart, which meant that her esophagus is disconnected from her stomach. The 10-year-old is almost completely deaf and has spent her whole life in-and-out of the hospital, which made her an easy target for bullies at her school.
The past week, however, the girl was the target of an almost deadly bout of bullying. The bullies hung Amber from a tree with a skipping rope, causing her to choke. She is now alive only because a teacher managed to intervene and cut the rope. The girl was even terrified and anxious that she would get into trouble and only managed to calm down after her teacher recognized that she had been the victim.
Belinda, her mother, called out the school for not taking any action against the bullies despite having complained to them on previous occasions. She wrote in her Facebook post:
“We have been having issues with amber being bullied and causing major issues with psychological anxiety we have had many meetings with the school over the past few weeks and they were well aware,”
The mother also detailed the most recent incident, writing that this same girl had been wrapped a skipping rope around her neck and hung by a tree, with her toes scraping the ground. She couldn’t even breathe, and the only reason she is alive now is because of the teacher that ran over and got her down.
Belinda found out what her 10-year-old disabled daughter had gone through during the day only after Amber got home. The girl told Perth Now:
“I was feeling very scared. thought I was going to die. And I was scared I was going to get into trouble.”
The school never notified her or gave her any medical attention after the bullying. Amber was made to “sit in the office all afternoon, and she had no one to console her or write a statement”.
“We have been having issues with Amber being bullied, causing major issues with anxiety. What happened that day could easily have had a very different ending and we’d be telling an even sadder story. Amber has been through more in her life, suffered more pain, and been in situations so terrifying most kids thankfully will never experience.” – the mother told Perth Now.
She says that the fact Amber is even able to walk is a miracle all on it’s on.
“I don’t understand where we as a society have gone wrong, because this is starting to go beyond just your simple schoolyard bullying. We had bullying when I was a kid, but not like this,”- Belinda adds.
According to Belinda, her daughter’s bully is still attending the school, and she wants the bullies to face an automatic suspension at a minimum, and publicly apologize in front of their peers. To even think that someone will try and hurt your baby in such a malicious way is beyond heartbreaking. The mother has now withdrawn Amber and her 9-year-old brother Hunter from Queen of Apostles Catholic School and is said to be liaising with the police regarding the incident.