This came in as a comment to the earlier bullying story but I thought it was worth a run:
2013/05/26 at 11:27 pm
I created an account purely to respond to you as your story really got to me. I’m only 19 so high school wasn’t too long ago for me and some of what you said bears some resemblance to h high school life.
Firstly, I just wanted to share my experience. I was midway through year 9 and also a A-B student when it begun. I had been bullied since year 7 but nothing too extreme. Actually I got beat up go the first time at the beginning of grade 8 at school and it happened twice that year. Year 9 was when it got bad. A certain gang would throw food at me, yell at me, push me over as they walked past me and when they felt like it, they would hit me. Always would be random. I had told the teachers, the principle, the vice principle, the front office, the councillor and the youth workers yet they did NOTHING to stop it. They made me feel like I was in the wrong. When they decided to bash me, other students would gather around and watch and even film it on their phones. I eventually dropped out of school and didn’t return to until college. Even after I dropped out, I was targeted. Turns out that group had connections with a even more dangerous and notorious group that even the police were scared of. I got beat up in woden interchange so bad I was put into hospital for a few days. The police still did NOTHING and said to me “you shouldn’t know these type of people” like I chose to know them. Another time, a group of boys from chisholm high school threatened me with knives at the shops. Another time, that same group broke into my bedroom but my mother called the police. I cant say what happened on here.I had to disappear from the world. I fell through terrible mental issues, addictions and ran away for about a month. I was very close to being gone forever but there was one person saved me. I have many horror stories. I won’t go into detail and I don’t mean to scare you, I just dread for this to happen to anyone else as I know how dark it is.
I STRONGLY advise you move your daughters. Chisholm was very strongly linked to the gang that abused me. It is a very “dodgy” suburb. And speaking for someone younger and “in” with what’s going on, there are very bad crowds there. I knew of many girls who got abused by both boys and girls. Please move her! I suggest telopea park as the crowd will be less likely to be linked to anyone there. Back when I was in high school, Chisholm, Melrose, stromlo and deakin were all linked. There was a gang in each school that were all friends. In saying that, deakin and stromlo are better and I would look into those if you wanted something south side.
In my opinion, nothing is worth risking in terms of your daughters safety. Please just move her, she will thank you later. There’s no getting through to kids like that, well I just know there was nothing I could’ve done to make them stop bullying me. I’m now attending university and I haven’t hear or seen from that gang for years. I just had to get away from them. They still do the same things as before and many of them have gotten locked up. I don’t think it’s wise to leave your daughter in that environment and you have to take her out of there and soon she will grow up and be surrounded by amazing people like I am now. Stay positive and optimistic!
And I apologise if my message is hard to read, I am typing it on my mobile phone.