Claim of bullying epidemic at Newbattle High School

Mum Heather Lundy outside the school gates at Newbattle.
Mum Heather Lundy outside the school gates at Newbattle.

A parent at Newbattle High claims there is a bullying “epidemic” at the school and has criticised Midlothian Council for sidestepping the issue.

Heather Lundy claims her daughter, Emily, has been a regular victim of bullying since she joined the school in August but the school has failed to act – and Emily is not the only victim.

The problem has prompted the frustrated mum to set up a Facebook forum to help other families battling a similar situation.

She said: “This is a serious problem.

“There are other children getting bullied there too.”

Heather wrote to the Education Board and has taken to social media to highlight the issue across the county.

She said: “I’m not the only person in this situation.

“I have set up a Facebook group, Parents Against Bullying, and around 10 people joined right away. The majority of them are parents at Newbattle.

She continued: “It seems to be an awful problem in Midlothian so I want to raise awareness of the issues that are going on. Something needs to be done before someone is seriously hurt.”

A Midlothian Council spokesman said: “We take all allegations of bullying extremely seriously.

“There are very strict procedures in place within the school and within the Education Service to deal with reported incidents and to respond to concerns and complaints.

“Newbattle takes a zero tolerance approach to address bullying issues, but it is not appropriate for us to comment in detail on issues affecting individual pupils.”