The mum of 10-year-old schoolgirl who claims bullies hung her from a tree with a skipping rope finally gets restraining order dropped.

In September last year we shared that Belinda Yoon, who claimed her daughter Amber, 10, was allegedly hung from a tree with a skipping rope, was facing a restraining order taken out by the parents of the child accused of doing it.

Ms Yoon took to social media to post an emotional video after receiving the court summons.

“Apparently I’ve been driving past their house in an agitated state, for one I had no idea about their first names or even where they lived,” a tearful Ms Yoon said.

Police investigated the incident, which occurred during lunchtime at Queen of Apostles Catholic School in Riverton, but no charges were laid.

The summons also points to Ms Yoon’s earlier comments to 9NEWS about being unhappy with the outcome of the police investigation.

Ms Yoon said she’s stunned by the restraining order and plans to fight it.

“I’d love to know how they could cause us even more heartache, when we have already hurt enough,” she said.

“Let us heal, let us try and move on from this and I was trying to do that in a really positive way to try and create change for everybody.”

Ms Yoon believes the latest development is an attempt to silence her.

“It feels like I’m almost getting bullied myself because they just want me to be silenced and I won’t be,” she said.

Ms Yoon will appear in the Magistrates Court next month.

She says she’ll fight against the restraining order on behalf of all victims of school bullying.

“They have shared their stories with me they have confided in me with the most heartbreaking stories and if I don’t fight for them, I don’t know how there will be any change,” she said.

UPDATE March 2019

The case was set to go to court this week, but thankfully the application was dropped much to Mrs Yoon’s relief.

She says it should never have come to this and she’s now focusing on implementing a comprehensive anti-bullying campaign into schools across the State, reports The West.

“It’s shown me where there is a major flaw in our legal system, in our school system and that’s where I’m going to focus on changing that because we need to protect our children, we’re adults and if we’re not going to do it then who is?” Mrs Yoon said.

Amber has moved schools and her mother says she’s settling in well.

Previously on this story…

Amber Yoon, who was born with a rare heart defect and her oesophagus disconnected from her stomach, was found struggling to breathe with the rope acting as a noose.

Students at Queen of Apostles Catholic School in the Perth suburb of Riverton, allegedly strung Amber up by her neck last Friday, causing her to choke.

The little girl was reportedly cut loose by a teacher who gave her a stern warning before learning the near-death stunt was not her idea.

‘I was feeling very scared. I thought I was going to die. And I was scared I was going to get into trouble,’ a traumatised Amber told PerthNow.

After placing the noose loosely over another child’s neck and then their own, the pupil told Amber it was her turn, Mrs Yoon said. Amber, much smaller than most children her age, refused but was easily overpowered.

Amber’s mother Belinda claimed she only found out about the horrific incident when her daughter came home from school crying.

To make matters worse, the school is accused of failing to get Amber checked by a doctor – even though she had clear marks on her neck and health conditions highlighted on her medical form.

The mother believes a harder stance needs to be taken against schoolyard bullies, with automatic suspensions and public apologies in front of their peers – a tactic she believes will be more embarrassing and more of a deterrent to children.

A month ago Mrs Yoon discovered entries in Amber’s diary in which the primary student drew and labelled herself “weird girl” and wrote, “There is something I can’t get off my mind … why won’t my friends play with me?”

The heartbreaking note continues: “I have no one else to play with and if I do try to sit with anyone they’ll ignore me.”

A recent post on Ms Yoon’s Facebook page is titled “Monday. Let’s fix bullying.”

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  • Good, Im glad it was dropped and I agree it should have never come to that. What a horrible experience for the family

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  • Glad this case was dropped, it should never have come to this indeed !

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  • I agree that bullying gets brushed under the rug a lot. More definitely needs to be. Done

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  • Having been a victim of bullying ,it breaks my heart reading this story. Kids these days have become superficial narcissists which probably stems back to the parents.
    Nevertheless, the school should be held responsible for not taking adequate action on the matter


    • There are many reasons why a child can become selfish (for example lack of boundaries and discipline, history of trauma/neglect, underdeveloped emotional intelligence, depression/anxiety, bad example of the parents, etc).
      I think more attention for both bullies and victims is needed.

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  • This looks so wrong! How could she be served when her daughter was the victim of a bully? I can’t believe one child can think about that!! She could have suffocated, little girl!!

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  • This case would have needed alot of investigation not a teacher having a rant at the first thing she saw. Disgraceful!

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  • Parents of bullies need to help stop the behaviour.

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  • Such a tragic story. I nearly cried when I read the little girls diary entries. So sad to have such low opinion of herself at age 7. Bullies really do need to be held more accountable table for their actions as they have such crushing long lasting affects on those theybully

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  • Good to hear this has been dropped and she’s making positive changes to protect other kids. Also good to hear her daughter is now doing well.

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  • I Think it says a lot about the other kids parents! Did he horrified if my child hung another kid from a tree and certainly wouldn’t be getting a restraining order against the other parent. Glad to hear the restraining order has been dropped. I think this family has been through enough.

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  • The parents sound just like their child a bully

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  • Well, on the surface this seems wrong.

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  • I can imagine this mum has the feeling almost getting bullied herself because the parents of the accused child they want her to be silenced and she won’t. How can you be silent about such cruel incident ? Bullying a disabled child is lower then low.
    And clearly the school hasn’t dealt well with it. First the teacher gives a stern warning to the victim and then they don’t have her medically checked !!


    • That is exactly how I felt.. We have court this week, I’m positive the right and true results will be shed to light ????

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  • Incredible!!! :-(

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  • Why aren’t the parents of the bullies called to come to the school. I know a child who complained about being bullied. She has a medical condition which can scare others on the odd occasion a reaction is really obvious. When her Mum approached the school she was told her daughter was the one doing the bullying and was shown the door. If her daughter was doing some of the bullying why wasn’t she notified. Why aren’t other parents notified. Do the parents of victim/s have to be brave enough to approach the parents of the bully/ies??

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