The parents of a dyslexic boy are suing one of Britain’s top independent prep schools after claiming he was relentlessly bullied for two years. This is from the Daily Mail…
Wealthy property developer Paul McDonnell, 49, and his wife Angela, 46, claim their son Patrick was repeatedly labelled ‘thick’ by other pupils at the £15,000-a-year Bilton Grange School in Dunchurch, Warwickshire.
They claim Patrick, now 11, was subjected to two years of abuse which included being punched, kicked and threatened by his classmates.
On one occasion a pupil wrote ‘Patrick is dim and thick’ with a stick in snow in the grounds of the school – whose past pupils include Olympic ceremony rapper Taio Cruz.
Mrs McDonnell, who runs her own floristry business, claims four other pupils were also withdrawn by their parents after suffering a catalogue of violence and bullying at the school which caters for 308 pupils aged 4-13.
The couple withdrew Patrick from the £15,000-a-year school two weeks into the Lent term in February 2011.
But when they asked the school to refund the £5,225 in fees they had paid in advance the headteacher refused.
In May last year the couple were ordered to pay a further £5,225 for last year’s summer term even though Patrick had already enrolled at a new school.
They are now suing the school in the Small Claims Court in a bid to claw back the money.