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Ashford mother's anger after siblings both hit in eye at The John Wallis Academy in Stanhope

08 February 2014
by Suz Elvey

The brother of an Ashford girl whose eyeball was pierced by a pencil has had his own eye damaged by a stick.

Kodie Cooper, 14, still does not know if her eyesight has been permanently damaged after being injured during a maths lesson at The John Wallis Academy last month.

Now Kodie's mother Sarah Conway has been left angry as her 11-year-old son Kayne came home with a black eye, swelling and grazing after a stick was thrown into his eye.

Kodie Cooper and her brother Kayne, who have both suffered eye injuries

Kodie Cooper and her brother Kayne, who have both suffered eye injuries

Ms Conway, 39, said: "It happened after school, but before they had got out of the school gates.

"A group of boys and girls were being abusive to one of Kayne's friends. Then one of them picked up and stick and threw it and it hit Kayne in the eye. He has a black eye and it is extremely swollen.

"The stick was probably dirty – he could have got an infection. Fortunately his tetanus jabs were all up to date so he didn't have to have another one.

“I was straight on the phone to the school and demanded a meeting. Two of my children have now been injured the same way in less than a month.”

Ms Conway, of Lynsted Close, Stanhope, said the injury resulted in the children arguing and said her son and his friend were excluded as well as several other pupils, which she believed was unfair.

The John Wallis Academy in Ashford

The John Wallis Academy in Ashford

In September 2012, another of Ms Conway's children, Khyron, then aged four, went missing from the John Wallis Academy and walked half a mile home along a busy road despite suffering from rare cancer-like condition Langerhans cell histiocytosis, which had damaged his leg.

Staff were forced to change their procedures for school leaving time.

Kent Police spokesman Jane Walker said: "The incident was reported to police on Monday and an officer visited the mother and son Tuesday afternoon.

"He has advised that this incident should be dealt with by the school concerned."

The John Wallis Academy was not available for comment.

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