One-man protest at alleged bullying at Leeds school

PEACEFUL PROTEST: Steven Wilson protesting outside Boston Spa School.  PIC: James Hardisty
PEACEFUL PROTEST: Steven Wilson protesting outside Boston Spa School. PIC: James Hardisty
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A father held a peaceful protest outside a school where he claims his daughter is getting bullied.

Steven Wilson, 42, of Halton, Leeds, displayed placards in his one-man protest outside the gates of Boston Spa School yesterday (May 7) in frustration at how he says they have dealt with the bullying of his daughter Jade, 13.

He told the YEP he plans to protest every day this week as he feels not enough is being done to address the problem – a claim the school strongly denies.

Chris Walsh, headteacher at Boston Spa School, said Mr Wilson’s complaints had been investigated and school governors had found the bullying policy was “well above standard”.

Mr Wilson claims his daughter has been the subject of bullying since she started at the school two years ago.

He said: “They say they don’t tolerate it but they didn’t do anything about it. I’m trying to raise the issue of bullying so everyone can see what is going on here.”

Yesterday headteacher Mr Walsh said: “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 and 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.”

Police were called to Mr Wilson’s protest yesterday morning. A force spokesman said: “Police were called to Clifford Moor Road, Boston Spa following reports of a protest.

“Police attended the scene but as no crimes were being committed the lone man was allowed to continue his peaceful protest.”

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