Family lives in fear of Warwick's teen gangs
THE parents of a 12-year-old girl who was attacked by a group of teens and knocked unconscious in Warwick this month said the family was living in fear since the incident.
The Warwick high school student was punched in the head and taken to hospital in what police described as a vicious unprovoked attack at Queens Park on a Saturday afternoon.
The girl's father said youths had been turning up at the family's home and terrorising his children.
"Our family moved to Warwick for a safe and quiet life and now two of our three children have been beaten up, spat on and had their lives threatened," said the father, who is originally from Sydney.
"We have never experienced anything like this and are considering leaving as we don't feel safe."
The man said his daughter had been the victim of several "gang attacks" since the family arrived six months ago and had been followed to her home.
He said police and teachers had intervened to discipline the teens responsible for the wave of attacks on the girl and her younger brother.
"But these bullies don't believe in discipline and now they are arriving at our house at all hours of the day and night.
"It's escalating rapidly and we are very worried."
The family may return to Sydney later this year to be in a safer environment, the man said.
"Our children are good kids and haven't been picked on by classmates or groups of youths anywhere else we have lived.
"Now they are being taunted and terrorised and even our home is no longer safe for them with these offenders arriving on our doorstep."
The two children have learning disabilities, which the parents believed made them vulnerable to bullies.
In a separate incident, police were expected to meet with the parents of students involved in an assault on a pupil at Warwick High School this week.
Warwick Police officer-in-charge Jamie Deacon urged students and parent to speak out against bullying.
Snr Sgt Deacon was unable to discuss the 12-year-old girl's Queen's Park ordeal and subsequent incidents involving her family, due to privacy laws, but said attacks on students was a major concern.
"We take bullying very seriously but fortunately people's expectations and awareness have changed with anti-bullying campaigns and families are now speaking out more.
"We encourage people to always come forward because sadly, many young victims have taken their own lives and these offenders must be punished and stopped."
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