Teen suspended after bashing knife kid
ROCKHAMPTON mother Janine Weazel is furious the boy who "pulled a knife'' on her 14-year-old son during a playground fight yesterday has not been seriously punished.
Mrs Weazel's son, Jacob, was immediately suspended for his role in the fight at North Rockhampton High School yesterday morning.
"I'm shocked by the incident. That child had a knife in the school and could have caused serious injury,'' Mrs Weazel said.
She said her son was "no angel'' and had been suspended several times during the past year for fighting.
"He was in the wrong for hitting the boy first and he knows he should have handled it differently,'' Mrs Weazel said.
Jacob said he was worried when he saw the Stanley knife the boy brought into school.
"One of my friends told me (the other boy) had a knife he had brought it in (to get) me,'' Jacob, who hopes one day to be a mechanic, said.
"So I walked up to him and started hitting and kicking him. "Then one of the girls pulled him away when I had my back to him and was walking away. He had a knife.''
A spokesperson for Education Queensland said "at no stage during the incident was a weapon drawn''.
"The school is still investigating the role of the other student in the incident, and is therefore unable to comment further on the matter,'' the spokesperson said.
"If there is a clear breach of the school's behaviour management plan further disciplinary action will be taken.''
The spokesperson said a student (Jacob) had a history of aggression and had been suspended, although Mrs Weazel said she was told he would be excluded.
Jacob, now in Year 9, was diagnosed with autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in September.
Mrs Weazel believes a change in medication and a supportive program was helping him curb his aggression.
"There's been a huge difference and he got good grades on his modified program last year,'' she said. "He has (also) walked away from a few situations.''
She said he was suspended "six times'' last year, his first at the school after moving to Rockhampton from Cairns.
The school adopted a tough monitoring program for Jacob for the final term.
Mrs Weazel said she wanted her son to complete his education, but would not send him back to North Rockhampton.
North Rockhampton police Sergeant Greg Price said police were aware of the incident and would investigate if Education Queensland referred the matter.