Buried at the bottom of a court report in today’s Sydney Morning Herald is scary glimpse of what you’ll face if you take on the NSW Education Department: Teen punched and threatened before suicide, inquest told. The story is about 14-year-old Alex Wildman, who committed suicide last year, most likely after being bullied at Kadina High School in Lismore.
The Education Department’s legal counsel, Donna Ward, has yet to cross-examine Mrs Kelly [Alex’s mum] but said: “There’s either a bullying problem that follows Alex … through a range of high schools, but … perhaps there’s hypersensitivity within the family that they label as bullying.”
Ms Ward cited the nervous breakdown of Alex’s stepfather, Bill Kelly, and his mother’s anti-depressant medication during yesterday’s proceedings.
Their son killed himself, yet Ward (and therefore the Education Department) thinks it should be sunshine and lollipops in the Kelly house. And Alex had a knife held to his stomach on one occasion and was bashed on another, yet she says the family is “hypersensitive” to bullying.