NEW SCHOOL: A former Warwick State High School student said a second public high school could help address the culture problems behind bullying in Warwick.
NEW SCHOOL: A former Warwick State High School student said a second public high school could help address the culture problems behind bullying in Warwick. Supplied

NEW SCHOOL: Is this the bullying solution Warwick needs?

A FORMER Warwick High School student says understaffing and overcrowding is the root of a chronic culture of bullying at the school that has persisted for years.

The Warwick woman, who now works as a teacher's aide, said she was bullied to the point where she left the school in 2007, while in the middle of Year11.

During her first semester at the school, the woman said she was bullied so badly she was afraid to go to school and missed days on end.

"I was bullied constantly ... I had stuff, books and bags, thrown at me. It was awful, I absolutely hated it," she said.

The woman attended four high schools throughout her schooling, including a large public school in Brisbane, and said the bullying she experienced at WSHS was the worst.

"I don't mean a little bit worse, it was by far the worst," she said.

 

EPIDEMIC: A former WSHS student said there were too many students who didn't want to be at school.
EPIDEMIC: A former WSHS student said there were too many students who didn't want to be at school. Marian Faa

She believed the issue stemmed from a combination of overcrowding and the lack of alternatives.

"I think because it is the only state school in the whole district, it is the only one a lot of parents can afford," she said.

"Having all these kids who don't want to be there but don't have another option, so they take it out on other kids."

The mother of two said the government should consider opening another public high school in the Warwick area.

But Southern Downs MP James Lister said he was not aware of understaffing issues at Warwick State High School.

"I haven't been approached concerning staffing or accusations of bullying at Warwick State High School, but I will be happy to hear from the community and of course the school," Mr Lister said.

"I have found principal Joy Craig great to deal with, and I have confidence in her leadership of the school."

Others have spoken up in defence of the school.

"I am a recent school leaver from there and can honestly say it's not too bad," Matt Cecil said on social media yesterday.

"My three children went there from (Years) 8-12 ... Any problems I had with teachers in lower grades were dealt with quickly," Rhonda Kraak said.

If you or anyone you know is affected by this story, call Crisis Care Helpline on 1800 199 008, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyondblue on 1300 224 636.



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