A complaint against a school principal for ignoring bullying
concerns has been passed to police to investigate.
The adult sister of the 11-year-old boy alleged to have
stabbed his classmate in the head with scissors during a
school fight complained to the Ministry of Education on
The stabbing occurred last Tuesday in class at Pacific
Christian School in Mangere. There was no teacher present at
The principal did not return calls again yesterday.
The 23-year-old sister alleges her little brother was bullied
for months but, because she was in a same-sex relationship,
school principal Lisita Paongo ignored her concerns.
A source close to the family told the Herald last week the
bullied boy probably just "snapped".
The sister claimed that if her concerns had been noted by the
school the "tragic incident" could have been avoided.
"I don't agree with what [my brother] did to the poor
student, but I know that if my concerns about my brother were
taken into consideration, this whole incident could have been
The ministry confirmed yesterday that her complaint had been
received and passed on to the police.
"Ministry staff had now spoken to the woman and have
forwarded her complaint on to the police to investigate,"
said Katrina Casey, ministry head of sector enablement and
"If any matters relating to this bullying complaint are
outstanding once the police investigation is complete, we
will work with the school to ensure they are appropriately
A police spokeswoman confirmed police were given the
complaint: "It has been forwarded through to the
investigation team. They will process it accordingly."
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said yesterday that the
woman's little brother had still not been interviewed in
relation to the stabbing.
"Police and CYF specialist interviewers have completed
interviews with a number of children who witnessed the
incident," he said.
"The 11-year-old responsible has not been interviewed at this
- By Sam Boyer of the New Zealand Herald