A mother was left devastated when her 11-year-old son wrote a heartbreaking note describing his bullying “nightmare”.
Kerry Mustafa, 29, knew her son, Ali Junior Mustafa, had been experiencing difficulties at his new secondary school which included a broken thumb and racist abuse.
But when she asked Ali Junior – affectionately known as AJ – to write down how he felt about the problems, she wasn’t prepared for what she read.
In his note, AJ writes about being “petrified” and says his new school was “a nightmare come true.”
Talking about encouraging AJ to put pen to paper, Mrs Mustafa said: “I’m quite lucky that AJ comes to me every time there’s an incident at school or something happens.
“He has even rang me from school telling me about the bullying he is experiencing that day.
“But suddenly I realised he had told me about what was going on but he had never spoken about how he felt about it.
“So I asked him to write about his feelings but I wasn’t prepared for what he had to say.”
In his note, AJ – who has also been threatened with a compass – wrote in his note that he “couldn’t cope with it”.
The note said: “Then I was called names, I was heartbroken.”
Mrs Mustafa and AJ’s father, Ali Mustafa, from Hull, East Yorks., have accused teachers of not doing enough and have now removed him from Sirius Academy North.
They are also contemplating schooling their young boy from home.
Mr Mustafa said: “We’ve reported it so many times and every time the school says they will deal with it.
“But I’d call again and I’d speak to a different person, who hasn’t got any record of what was said before and what is happening to my son.”
Mrs Mustafa added: “We want him to go to school and be around other children and live a normal life.
“But if I can’t get him into another high school, I will have to keep him at home.”
Mr Mustafa, who works as a television satellite engineer for the business he and his wife run, spoke of the change in his son’s personality since he started secondary school in September.
He said: “It’s completely changed him.
“He was in a fight where he broke his thumb, he’s been threatened with a compass, he’s been smacked in the face, he’s been called racist names like Ali Baba.
“The final straw was when he received a message from Facebook asking him if he would be in a fight. For me there is no other option. I do not want my son to go back to that school.”
Mrs Mustafa said she “struggled to read” what her son had written down.
She said: “It was worse than I thought. I knew he was being bullied but I was still sending him to school.
“It’s heartbreaking to hear that your son is going through so much and I knew I had to take him out of school.”
In his note, AJ, who has a younger brother and sister, describes feeling “sick”.
He said: “I was called a racist name then on the Wednesday I was sick.
“I had a message saying do you want to fight. I was petrified.
“So that’s really my life now.”
Mrs Mustafa is now keen to raise awareness about bullying and the affects it can have on children.
She said: “Parents need to be aware of what can happen and know that there children can be suffering too.
“I would hate to think that there are kids getting bullied and not coming forward.”
In a statement from Sirius Academy North, head of school Ian Ravenscroft said: “It would be inappropriate to comment upon specific incidents, however we take all forms of bullying and prejudice extremely seriously.
“We investigate all allegations of bullying fully and put in place support as appropriate.
“The academy’s dedicated pastoral team deals swiftly with any reported concerns.”
The letter written by Ali Junior Mustafa in full.
“My life at Stepney was great.
“No fights, no nothing, it was my dream come true.
“Then it all changed the day I moved to SAN. On Thursday, I was in a fight and I broke my thumb.
“It was a nightmare come true. I couldn’t cope with it. Then I was called names, I was heartbroken.
“This could not be happening to me and the same thing happened over and over.
“I was called a racist name then on the Wednesday I was sick. I had a message saying do you want to fight. I was petrified.
“So that’s really my life now.”