A MOTHER has accused her six-year-old son's school of failing to protect him from racist bullies.
Carolyn Whittaker is upset at the lack of help offered by Elton Primary School in combating the pupils she says have been making her child's life a misery because of the colour of his skin.
But headteacher Sue Moorcroft says the school has investigated every complaint and is confident it has followed the county's school bullying policy.
Mixed-race Philip, Mrs Whittaker's son from a previous relationship, has returned countless times to the Ince Lane home she shares with husband Kevin with his school uniform covered in mud and complaining of name-calling and bullying.
'I've been to the school six times since September. It's getting so that he's scared to go to school,' she said.
The couple, who have lived in Elton for 18 months, have decided to speak out after Philip described how a group of boys held him down and pulled at his ears 'as if they were trying to pull them off', leaving him with bloody ear lobes. Philip has also reported other children urinating on him.
The couple say they are frustrated by the school's reaction to their complaints.
'It's no good putting the kids who are doing the bullying in the same room as Philip and us and asking them why they are bul-lying him,' said Mr Whittaker, who has put the family's home up for sale and is now planning to leave the area.
However, headteacher Mrs Moorcroft said: 'We have thor-oughly investigated all complaints of bullying in connection with Philip.
'On a small number of occasions where evidence has been found of an incident involving Philip and another pupil, every effort has been made to resolve the situation including meeting with both sets of parents.
'The school believes it has made every effort to address the concerns raised and has acted in accordance with the county's anti-bullying policy.'