A couple has avoided jail after they confronted and bashed a 14-year-old girl who had been bullying their teenage daughter.Beating up a 14 year old girl is a long way from acceptable and there's no condoning the couple's action.
Stephen Lester Baker and his wife Suzane Maree Baker took matters into their own hands because they felt Queensland police and Beenleigh High School ignored their pleas for action, the Courier Mail reports.
The Bakers went searching for the bully — known only as Rachel — and cornered her in a park on April 3, 2006.
Stephen Baker punched Rachel four times in the face while telling her "no one hits my daughter", prosecutor Nicholas McGhee told Beenleigh District Court.
His wife then grabbed the girl by the hair and hit her repeatedly.
The Bakers' lawyers told the court the couple were frustrated by what they saw as inaction after a number of violent bullying episodes, including one where their daughter's head was reportedly smashed against a toilet wall.
But Judge Ian Dearden said Stephen and Suzane Baker had acted appallingly and gave them suspended jail terms of six and three months respectively.
"Instead of looking for the bully, you should . . . (have been) driving to the police station," the newspaper quoted him as saying.
Judge Dearden said criminal charges could still be brought against Rachel.
Equally culpable, however, is the education system that enables this type of bullying in the first place by allowing it to continue.
Charges should absolutely be brought against Rachel. If it was Robert instead of Rachel then they would be, for sure.