Candidate pulls daughter from school after bullying incident

One Nation candidate for Fairfax, Mike Holt, claims his daughter Michelle, 13, was bullied and has had to be pulled out of school. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
One Nation candidate for Fairfax, Mike Holt, claims his daughter Michelle, 13, was bullied and has had to be pulled out of school. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily Brett Wortman

A SUNSHINE Coast politician says he has been forced to pull his daughter from school because of bullying and he is running for parliament because the "socialist" government refuses to get tough on criminals.

One Nation candidate for Fairfax Mike Holt said his daughter Michelle had been left bruised and emotionally scarred after being allegedly assaulted at a public school last week.

Mr Holt said he refused to send his daughter back to the school after she came home with a bloody nose, black eye, scrapes, bumps and cuts.

The Department of Education declined to comment on the matter but reinforced its commitment to anti-bullying measures.

Mr Holt claimed the alleged attacker had been suspended indefinitely pending the completion of counselling. He also claimed she had been spoken to by police but had received nothing more than a "slap on the wrist".

Queensland Police also declined to comment.

"That's the problem with society, kids don't understand that they have responsibilities and they can't get away with whatever they want," Mr Holt said.

"I believe we have to be tougher on criminals and not penalise the victims.

"My daughter is the victim and she is being penalised. She has to move schools. Where is the justice?"

Mr Holt branded the ALP government as "socialist" and the LNP "not much better". He said the major political parties were soft on crime and that education systems had been dumbed down and left graduates unprepared for life.

He said he would like his daughter's alleged attacker to face court and would run a campaign on tough justice.

Mr Holt said he did not blame the school because its hands were tied by government policy, and refused to identify the institution.

Mr Holt said the alleged assault against his 13-year-old was the culmination of eight months of bullying.

He said his daughter had been withdrawn and exhibiting out-of-character behavioural problems since she began attending the school at the start of the year.

He had asked for the school to pay for his daughter's transfer fees - for new text books and uniforms - but had only been offered a pro rata refund on this year's school fees.

A Department of Education spokeswoman said: "Queensland state schools do not tolerate violence or bullying in any form.

"Any incident that compromises the safety and wellbeing of a student or staff member is treated with the utmost importance.

"Every Queensland state school has a Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students which outlines the standards of behaviour expected of students, and the consequences when these standards are not met.

"Schools take appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with this plan."

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