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School refuses to take back victim of bullying

Parents of Loujain say she was refused admission at the school where she was attacked by bullies

  • By Nada Al Taher and Iman Sherif, Staff Reporters
  • Published: 21:20 September 9, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News Archives
  • Loujain Hussain

Abu Dhabi: The family of Loujain Hussain claims that she was refused admission for the new academic year at the school where she was attacked by bullies in the schoolyard earlier this year, Gulf News has learnt.

Loujain’s older brother, Mahran Hussain, 22, said yesterday his 11-year-old sister,a Grade 7 pupil, was refused entry when she attempted to return to the school for the new term.

He said: “My sister wanted to be close to her friends, even though my parents were insisting against it.

Her older sister, Maram, who was in the same school with Loujain, has graduated and Loujain would not be around any familiar faces if she went to another school.”

According to Mahran, the school told Loujain’s parents that they refuse to be responsible for the girl, after the incidents which took place earlier this year.

A school spokesperson was not available for comment despite repeated calls to the school.

“Legally, the school has no right to deny Loujain enrolment in the school. The parents now have to go to the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) in order to resolve the issue,” said Mansour Lootah, a lawyer at Pan Globe Advocates and Legal Consultancy, who is handling Loujain’s case.

Lootah said he has requested a copy from the general prosecution, of the documents necessary to take the case to the Abu Dhabi Court.

He told Gulf News that the public prosecution has promised to provide him with copies of these documents within the next two days allowing him to defend Loujain in court. “I see this as a humanitarian issue,” he said.

Loujain’s mother, Maha Abdul Kader also plans to file a complaint at Adec’s private school division on the school’s decision to deny admission to Loujain.

The schoolgirl suffered from a brain haemorrhage and permanent damage of the left-field vision in both of her eyes, after a group of Grade 4 pupils beat her up at her school in April this year.

Following the attack, she remained in a coma for nearly three weeks while hospitalised at Shaikh Kalifa Medical City.

Dr. Yousuf Al Hadi, Consultant Psychiatrist at Al Noor Hospital, told Gulf News that Loujain could be happier at a different school.

He said: “It is not wise to take her back to the same school, as this will trigger painful memories and reinforce the state of fear, lack of confidence and poor self esteem [which her parents reported she has been] experiencing.”

According to Al Hadi, going to a new premises also requires preparation. “Loujain’s opinions and feelings should also be taken into consideration. She should be assessed and followed up by a psychologist in the beginning, and the teachers and counsellors at the new school should be made aware of her condition in order to give her the care and attention she needs,” he added.

Comments (13)

  1. Added 16:18 September 10, 2012

    I appeal to all schools and its authorities and mainly teachers to please treat all children alike. Abolish bias and consider all equal despite of colour and RICHES cause schools for them is kind of a second home. Both my children have been victims of bias.

    Michelle Maureen, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:13 September 10, 2012

    Please make a report about what is the ruling for the boys who attacked Loujain? Would their parents be responsible for the action of their children? what is UAE law in regard of children wrong doing? Thanks

    Chloe, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:35 September 10, 2012

    Stern action for such school/s is a must by local authorities at the earliest...

    F A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:10 September 10, 2012

    Bullies win? This certainly cannot be what we are teaching our children.

    Jo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:37 September 10, 2012

    The schools should protect the good and control the bad children. The school should be held responsible for whatever happens to our children while they are on their premises. My son was always bullied in school and when i was called in to see the headmistress, i was told that he didn't fight back. Sadly, he died at age 12.

    Gloria, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:58 September 10, 2012

    First of all the school must take her back because what has happend to her was the school's mistake and weakness of its system.

    NAQIB ALLAH SHARIF, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:41 September 10, 2012

    Schools are money making institutions. They have no right whatsoever to reject Loujain as she was the victim of their (school) negligence. The higher authority should step in and they should be forced to take this little angel OR close this shop.

    Parvez Achhwa, Dubai, United Kingdom

  8. Added 11:45 September 10, 2012

    Dear UAE authorities, please take the culprits to task and punish them for what they did, like there is punishment in the West for such cases. Also, penalize the school for being uncompassionate and uncaring. Please put a stop to this. Thanks.

    Abdul Rauf Shah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:22 September 10, 2012

    Let us do our best to bring her life back. She deserves more love and care from us.

    Sajid Aboobaker, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 09:37 September 10, 2012

    It's such a pity this happened to a girl so young. I request the authorities please take those children to task and the school also. If the school maintained discipline, this wouldn't have happened. The school instead of being sorry is showing such arrogance. If this doesn't stop NOW then there is no stopping at all. Being en Emarati I don't want such a society in my country.

    Hammad Al Hammadi, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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