A MUM has hit out at Clydebank school bullies who she says are making her son’s life a misery.

Catherine O’Callaghan claims despite repeatedly asking teachers at St Peter the Apostle High School in Drumry to curb the actions of a group of boys targeting her son, the bullying continued right up to the Christmas holidays.

Catherine, of Kilcloy Avenue, Drumchapel, says she now fears son Kenzi, 13, will be too afraid to return when the new term starts.

In the most recent incident, Kenzi came home with a burst lip. He did not return to school the following day.

Catherine said: “I asked him what had happened and he told me the bullies started calling him names during the morning break.

“He told them ‘leave me alone’ but they came after him and one boy got him in a headlock.

“They were strangling him and threw him to the ground.

“As a result, he bit his lip which burst as result.

“When he came home the lip had turned blue.”

Catherine, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said she is now at her wits’ end as Kenzi, who previously never had a day off, is now afraid to go school and is missing vital lessons.

She added: “I have reported it on several occasions to the school and was given assurances it would be addressed, but it wasn’t - it just keeps on happening.

She also claims that despite reporting the attacks to the police they are not taking any action.

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Catherine added: “I can’t believe the police won’t help me. If I assaulted my child like this the police and social workers would be on to me right away.

“They want to fight with him, but he wouldn’t say boo to a goose.

“He is a great student and last year he had 100 per cent attendance. He wants to be a pilot.”

Catherine says despite a guarantee it would be all sorted, the bullying has continued.

A spokesperson for West Dunbartonshire Council said: “We will not tolerate any form of bullying within our schools and any alleged case is fully investigated and appropriate action taken.”

When the Post told NSPCC Scotland about the case, a spokesperson said the organisation was acutely aware of the devastating impact that bullying can have.

They added: “It can lead to children having low self-esteem and anxiety, and in some cases serious mental health problems and even suicide.

“It is vital they have someone to talk to and that they receive support.”

Any child who has a concern can call Childline 24/7 on 0800 1111.

Adults concerned about a child can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.