A six-year-old spent five hours in A&E after another child smacked him in the head with a bottle at his infant school.

The boy's mum Parmjit Karakus has called for change at Shirley Infant School following a catalogue of bullying against her son that led him to cry himself to sleep at night and other poor behaviour she has seen.

The 34-year-old was infuriated by a 'lack of action' from staff following this latest horrifying incident, which left her son with blood pouring from a large gash on his forehead.

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She said: “My son is just like any other child and it’s so sad to see what’s happened, I know he’s cried himself to sleep.

“In the time since he started school, I’ve had to replace four coats – at the cost of £40 each – as they keep going missing, as well as his jumpers.

“He’s also come home with bruises on his arms before and ripped shirts, yet the school never seem to see anything.

“I think there is a wider problem at the school as I’ve seen kids at the school pulling someone’s hair and another time three children hurting another child on the floor.

“I want to speak out to prevent this from happening in the future.”

Daily Echo: After being dropped off at school like any other day on Wednesday, November 22, the Year 2 pupil was hit on the head with a bottle wrapped inside a bag.

Parmjit said: “My sister dropped off my son at 8.45am and 45 minutes later I got a call from reception to say that he’d been hurt walking into class.

“It’s not the first time something has happened to him – we’ve had problems from the start – and I couldn’t believe it took the school so long to let me know what had happened, as he was only given a paper towel to dab on his head.

“Why did it take them so long to get in touch with me? They should have phoned straight away.”

Parmjit took her boy to A&E where they stayed for five hours, as the doctor opened the wound to make sure there was no significant damage.

While her son is now physically on the mend, the emotional scars remain - and she plans to move him to a different school in the city.

Ofsted inspectors found Shirley Infant School, in Wilton Road, Southampton, continued to be a 'good'-rated school at its last informal inspection in September 2019.

The Echo contacted Shirley Infant School and Hamwic Education Trust, which runs the school.

Both declined to comment.