Change the law on the way minors who asault are dealt with in legal proceeding and schools

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On Thursday 27th February my son Mackenzie was Assaulted by a group of 10, year 9 and year 10 pupils from the local school in Great Barr, Birmingham.

They chased my son and his friend and assaulted Mackenzie for his bike and phone. They thought it was acceptable to place their hands around his throat and hit him in the face. Mackenzie is only 12 years old.

Schools no longer have the sanctions to discipline pupils who cause Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) and are fighting constantly to permanently expel pupils who behave like this. My son is now scared to attend school and carry on his education at the school he likes with his friends out of fear of seeing these youths who assaulted him. Why should Mackenzie be penalised in his education.

Schools should have the authority and means to permanently exclude any child immediately who has assaulted another child and not follow lesser sanctions like I know will happen for fear of being accused of unfairness. It is unfair on any child to have be go through what Mackenzie has gone through these last few days.
Schools should also be doing more on issues like this by showing pupils the after effects if has on children who have been assaulted in unprovoked attacks by youths and on their families too.

I also feel the law now needs to also change on how minors who assault are dealt with legally. They know right from wrong and as such should be treated as an adult in cases like this. Harsher sentencing for youths must be sanctioned and if not, a penalty must be imposed upon the parents responsible for the youths. This penalty must then go into a court fund for the victim to be able to access at the age of 18.

Parents now need to also be made accountable for their children’s actions.

This happened to my son and I just want to make a change for all children and their families not to have to go through and experience events like this. The after effects are not just physical but also mental and we are in an era that mental health issues in children are at an all-time high.