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Teenager knocked out and kicked in fight at school
A family has demanded safety procedures are improved at a secondary school after a teenage boy was knocked unconscious during a classroom fight and then further attacked as he lay prone on the floor when the teacher left the room to raise the alarm.
And she is also concerned that no-one in the school called an ambulance after her son Joseph was allegedly kicked in the head while he lay helpless.
The teenager’s step father, Christian Scurrah-Lelas, was called to the school, with staff telling him Joseph had been involved in an “incident” during a science lesson.
He was informed that Joseph had lost consciousness after falling to the floor during a classroom fight with another pupil. His parents were later informed that while on the floor another pupil kicked him around the head and neck when the female teacher had left the room to get help.
Afterwards, Joseph was given first aid at the school.
When Joseph arrived home Mrs Lelas said he seemed dazed and could not remember the incident, although friends had told him he had been attacked while on the floor.
They took him to Airedale Hospital’s A&E department.
The police have been made aware of the incident.
Mrs Lelas, of Spring Bank Rise, Keighley, acknowledged that fights were inevitable in such a large school, but she said better policies were needed for how staff dealt with them.
She said: “Something like this is going to happen again, it is really frightening.
“I think the school should have some sort of panic alarm system for when it does. I think any mother hearing about what happened would be quite frightened.
“There was no system in place, no panic button. My son was left unconscious and the teacher left the room to get help.
“We can’t expect all teachers to be big 6ft tall young men who can step in to break up fights, so you need something in place.
“Their policies definitely need looking at, you’d think it should be for the school to call 999 in cases like this where someone is unconscious and has been stomped in the head.
“I got a call to tell me there had been an incident, and at no point was I told my son had been knocked unconscious.”
In response, David Maxwell, the head teacher of Oakbank School, said the incident had been dealt with “through our normal procedures”.
He said: “Sanctions to pupils have been applied and we have also referred it to our safer schools PC. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this point.
“I cannot talk about this exact incident, but we are confident our procedures are robust and that the situation was dealt with properly.”