Mother of 10-year-old deaf girl who was hung from tree gets served with restraining order by parents of bully
Belinda Yoon, the mother, posted a video on Facebook about how she was shocked that she was served with a restraining order by the parents of her daughter's bully
In a shocking turn of events, the mother of a 10-year-old disabled girl who was allegedly hung from a tree with a skipping rope by her schoolmate has been served with a summon for a restraining order from the parents of the child who reportedly bullied her daughter.
Belinda Yoon had taken to Facebook last month to detail the horrific bullying her daughter, 10-year-old Amber Loon, faced on a daily basis. She had demanded that the bullies responsible must face automatic suspension and publicly apologize in front of their peers. However, a police investigation into the incident did not result in any charges being laid.
Now, in a tearful video she posted on Sunday, Belinda explained how she is now the subject of a restraining order. Struggling to hold back her tears, the mother explains between sobs how two police officers came up to her door and served her with the notice.
"They asked me the name and if I knew him and I said, 'I don't even know that name, I have no idea.'," she says in the video. She then talks about how the cops asked her if she knew the girl who hung her daughter from the tree, at which point, she realized that the summons came from the parents of the very child who could very well have killed Amber.
She continues, "Apparently, I've been driving by their house in an agitated state. For one, I didn't even know their first names and I have no idea where they lived. I have no idea where they live. I don't even know what suburb they live in. I'm literally reading this going, 'How is this right in any way?' They've not said sorry for what their daughter did and I'm getting summoned to court for a restraining order over something I've never done."
"It just keeps getting worse," she says struggling to find her voice. "How does this get any better for our family? Honestly, we're just trying to move on and protect our kids from ever having to go through this, and other families going through this. I know we've done nothing wrong in this fight. We're fighting for every child in WA and every parent that never has to go through this. Because, honestly, I don't know how you breathe and how you sleep at night."
Amber suffers from Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula and Oesophageal Atresia (TOF-OA), which means she was born with her esophagus connected to her trachea. Her condition has meant that she has been in and out of the hospital her entire life. She is also extremely susceptible to choking and can hear through only one of her ears.
Speaking to Perth Now after the choking incident, Amber had said how she was scared for her life. "I was feeling very scared. I thought I was going to die. And I was scared I was going to get into trouble," she said. Belinda had said at the time that the school never notified her or gave Amber any medical attention, writing about how, after the bullying, Amber was made to "sit in the office all afternoon with no one to console her and write a statement."
Amber's younger brother, 9-year-old Hunter, changed schools following the choking and Belinda is pushing for government changes in regulations regarding bullying because of the psychological impact it can have on children. She told Daily Mail Australia, "Children are killing themselves over this. They're not heard and the families are just heartbroken and they're trying to fight a system that doesn't exist."
Watch the video of Belinda explaining the restraining order against her below.