THE 12-year-old former student of Cheltenham Secondary College who was the victim of a series of antisemitic incidents which included being forced to kiss the feet of a Muslim child has been met with more bullying over the past weekend.
The AJN has obtained copies of direct messages received by the child via Instagram. The alleged bully, who is believed to be a year 10 student at Cheltenham Secondary College, is understood to have connections with the ringleader of the park incident.
The year 10 student wrote to the Jewish student, “I’ll f***ing slaughter you c***”.
After the Jewish student tried to end the conversation, the bully wrote, “Honestly the next headline will be you getting ur [sic] head kicked in f***ing f****t”.
Upon learning of the messages received by her son, the Jewish boy’s mother revealed that she broke down in tears.
“I said, what do I do now? How do I protect my son from this? It broke my heart,” she recounted.
The family have since reported the messages to Victoria Police who are investigating threats to inflict serious injury and using telecommunications to harass.
The Jewish boy wrote in his police statement, “I am worried and so are my mum and dad that if they saw me in the street, they could hurt me.”
The AJN understands the original police file concerning the park incident has also now been re-opened.
Since the two cases of antisemitic bullying in state schools were revealed in The AJN last week, more than 15 other cases have come to light.
The 12-year-old’s mother said, “The really humbling part is how many other families have come forward, and now know that they don’t have to sit there in silence.”
Full coverage in this week’s AJN.