Mum's warning after Bunnings playground bullies attack sons
MOUNTAIN Creek mother Kim Ganley has warned other parents of the speed with which bullying can take hold, after a nasty experience for her two sons.
Her boys, aged five and eight, were spending a morning with their grandmother on Saturday morning when they stopped into Bunnings Warehouse at Caloundra for a play in the playground.
Mrs Ganley said her youngest son found himself a victim though when at the top of the fort a young girl started directing a group of other boys to attack him.
She said they punched him in the head and grabbed his shirt, leaving him crying in a heap on the ground.
Her eldest son saw what was happening and went to stop the group, who then began to grab his shirt and push him around.
Mrs Ganley's mother-in-law was helpless at ground level and when she realised what was happening, managed to coax her crying grandson out of the playground.
She tried to get the other children to apologise but to no avail.
Scared of creating even more conflict, Mrs Ganley's mother-in-law didn't confront the other parents at the playground, fearing it would further upset her grandsons, so they left the store.
"It was quite a shock," Mrs Ganley said when she heard of the attack.
"It was pretty aggressive."
Mrs Ganley posted the encounter on social media to warn other parents of the need to remain vigilant with their children.
"You need to teach your children (the right behaviours).
"If you don't keep on it your children are just going to run wild and have no respect for anyone."
The playground was not staffed and requires parental supervision.
Bunnings state operations manager Margaret Walford said she was "very sorry" to hear of the incident and staff had been unaware it had taken place.
She encouraged customers to report any incidents to the team as soon as possible so they can assist.