Carload of teens menaces schoolgirl
By ADRIAN MILLER
IT SHOULD have been an easy stroll home for the nine-year-old girl once the school bus dropped her off just half a block from her house.
But instead it turned into a walk of terror when she was followed to her front door by a group of teenagers who abused and taunted her.
The girl's mum, who didn't wish to be identified for fear of reprisal, said she her daughter was menaced the whole way home.
"When she got off the bus they actually sped up and drove passed her to scare her, then they came back and were yelling out at her things like 'freak' and 'four-eyes'," she said.
"They were saying really horrible, nasty things."
The woman said her daughter was visibly shaken when she arrived home.
"She held herself together pretty well but she came in quite upset," she said.
The woman said her daughter saw two teenage girls yelling abuse at her who both appeared intoxicated.
"I was more shocked to be told it was females, but I was disgusted, it was horrible," she said.
The girl's grandmother said she couldn't fathom this type of behaviour.
"I just can't understand what they hoped to gain by terrifying a nine-year-old child," she said.
"Was it just for fun? I'm not laughing.
"To have that happen is unbelievable and you think your children aren't safe."
The mother said the girls were driving a white Commodore, which has been seen in the area since, but no other abuse had occurred.
She said she wanted to warn other parents about this behaviour so they could keep their children safe.
"I just want to warn other parents to keep an eye out," she said.
"With just one wrong swerve and she (her daughter) could have been gone."
This comes in the wake of two child abduction attempts near Lismore recently.
In both incidents, school girls were approached by men who tried to coerce them into their vehicles.
Luckily the children were aware of what was happening and refused.