A Perth mother is outraged that two boys who allegedly sexually abused her nine-year-old son are allowed to continue going to school, but the state’s new education minister has vowed to look into the case.
The woman, who could not be identified, said her son used to be happy and outgoing, but was now a withdrawn and scared boy after allegedly being abused by two children aged 12 and 17.
She said her son lived in fear, had post-traumatic stress disorder, could not eat and suffered from the same nightmare every night.
“He says that he can’t function in this world anymore and the only way that he’ll ever be able to forget this is when he is dead,” she told 6PR radio this morning.
Both boys have been allowed to continue going to school, which is not the same school her son attends.
The woman said she had to find a psychologist for her son and the Department for Child Protection only called her once to make sure he was in a safe environment and then “closed the case”.
She said she felt let down by the system.
New Education Minister Sue Ellery agreed it was unacceptable that the boys be allowed to attend school.
“There are ways to provide those children with an education outside the school environment,” she said.
Ms Ellery said the two boys did not attend a public school so she would need to discuss it with non-government school providers.
The woman, who has already had to quit her job, plans to move because she feels unsafe.
“I feel like they should have to pack up their lives and move, but instead we’re being forced to do that.”
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