14/08/2014 16:50 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Police Investigate Bullying Of Schoolboy For Ginger Hair

Police investigating bullying of ginger schoolboy

Police are investigating an attack on a ginger-haired schoolboy after his mum claimed he had been the victim of a two-year campaign of bullying.

Sarah Carver called in police because she said her son, Sonny, 11, had regularly returned home from Cobholm Primary in Great Yarmouth, with scratches and bruises.

She also said classmates called him 'ginger nut' and 'a skank'.

One day she said he returned with a black eye and on another occasion had to wear his PE shorts after being dragged through a puddle, soaking his school uniform.

The final straw came last month when she said Sonny was attacked on his way home from school and a member of the public had to step in to save him.

He was pinned against a wall and punched and a bicycle was ridden over his feet.

Sarah has now moved Sonny out the school and accused staff of failing to tackle the bullying.

Norfolk police said they were investigating the reported attack on Sonny on May 23 and a spokesman confirmed he was left with reddening to his face and arm.

Julie Risby, head at Cobholm Primary School, said: "We understand a complaint has been made to police following an alleged incident outside of school, and we are co-operating fully with their investigation."

Sarah, 38, said: "It's outrageous that Sonny had to leave his friends behind and move to a different school and the boys that attacked him were not expelled or suspended even for just one day."

She added: "His hair's not bright orange, it is more of a strawberry blonde. I wonder whether it was because we didn't live close to the school so maybe they saw Sonny as an outsider.

"But whatever their twisted reasons were there's no excuse.

"I was so worried about him I took him to the GP and the doctor said he was depressed because of bullying. An 11-year-old boy should not be made to feel depressed."

Sonny has now moved to Glebeland Community Primary School in Toft Monks near Beccles, Suffolk, where he started after half term.

His mother said: "Sonny is really enjoying his new school. It is so lovely to see him with a smile on his face.

"We're lucky that his new school has worked out and I am thankful as it could have been worse."

Cobholm's head Julie Risby added: "We do not tolerate bullying in our school and have a very strong anti-bullying policy.

"Staff are committed to the principle that bullying, in any form, is unacceptable and we investigate fully every reported incidence or allegation of bullying, as has happened in this case."