Police were called to a school amid reports of major bullying – by a group of girls.
Parents of pupils at Cheltenham Bournside School claim their teenagers have long suffered emotional abuse at the hands of girls – but recently it turned physical.
Officers were called to the secondary school and spoke to parents and children and worried parents claim it was over the ongoing bullying problem.
Jay Scarrott, 34, whose 14-year-old daughter attends the school, said the police incident was related to bullying at the school.
He said: “My daughter has been bullied since day one at that school.
“It’s the same group of girls. Up until now it was emotional abuse but recently it’s got physical.
“She’s had countless sleepless nights over the bullying. It’s got to the point where I can’t take any more.
“A couple of other people’s daughters have been physically beaten and I’ve spoken to about 10 other parents with kids at the school.”
Jay, who has raised the issue with the school and the council, added: “The school has told me there is not an issue with bullying there.
“I’m angry, so angry. I walk past my daughter and catch her sobbing her eyes out.
“She finds it hard to concentrate.
“She’s always looking over her shoulder in case they’re doing something behind her back.
“If I repeated some of the things she’s been called you would feel sick. It’s been horrendous and evil.”
Gloucestershire police arrived at the school in Warden Hill, Gloucestershire, shortly after 2pm on Tuesday, June 21.
A police spokesman added: “Officers spoke to the acting head teacher and to the parents of a child at the school.
“No further action was taken.”
Jo Grills, director for education learning & libraries and learning and development at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Teachers and governors are responsible for making sure that bullying is dealt with effectively in their school.
“Through the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning Team all schools can access materials and training that raises awareness of bullying and encourages pupils to speak up about it.
“Bullying is an issue we take very seriously and we’re pleased that our online pupil survey showed us that children are increasingly more confident that their school will deal with bullying.
“No type of bullying is tolerated, talking with a teacher, parent, carer or friend is the fist step to making it stop.”
Acting head teacher Gareth Burton declined to comment.