Attacker said breaking boy's arm was 'fun', mother says

Thirteen year old James Webb of West Ballina had his arm broken at school.
Thirteen year old James Webb of West Ballina had his arm broken at school. Cathy Adams

JAMES Webb can't remember the sickening crack the two bones in his right forearm made when they were broken in half, or the excruciating pain that followed as those two bones were forced in the opposite direction.

While James struggles to remember how the incident occurred, two very different versions have emerged.

One maintains the injury was an accident, while the other suggests it was a violent attack on a fellow student.

After talking with three boys who witnessed the event, James's mum, Vikki Webb, is certain her son's injuries were no accident.

She said the violence erupted unexpectedly and unprovoked during a game of football at the Ballina High School oval during recess last Tuesday.

Ms Webb said the fellow Year 7 student started swinging James around by the arm and then pushed him onto the ground.

An x-ray of James Webb's arm after the incident at Ballina High School.
An x-ray of James Webb's arm after the incident at Ballina High School.

When her son was on his knees the other boy jumped on his back and everyone heard the loud crack that was James's arm breaking.

The boy was still on his back with his hands around James's neck when he allegedly kicked James's broken arm, pushing it in the other direction.

A student who witnessed the incident later told Ms Webb he heard Jame's attacker laugh and say it was fun to do that to his victim.

Department of Education spokesman Sven Wright, who provided a response to The Northern Star on behalf of Ballina High School, said the boy suffered a broken right arm after "he was pushed over and then fallen on by another boy" during a game of 'grab' football on the front oval.

"The evidence of student and staff reports does not suggest a deliberate attempt to break the victim's arm," he said.

Despite stating the injury was not "deliberate", Mr Wright indicated the school had suspended James's attacker for four days.

Inspector Nicole Bruce from the Ballina police station said a formal complaint was made to police and the investigation was continuing.

Topics:  ballina high school editors picks school

Further social media reports of shark sightings

A young surfer had a lucky escape after being hit by a shark at Broken Head near Byron Bay. Photo: Twitter - Geoffrey John Knapp.

Man describes the shark incident this morning

Go Fund Me for Amanda Nash to continue to receive donations

A photo of Amanda Nash and her daughter, Bonnie, posted on the GoFundMe fundraising page.

MORE than $68,000 raised for family of woman killed in crash

WATCH: Your North Coast National experiences

Stocking up on show bags (left to right): Tyler Elford, 4; Samantha Elford; Mason Elford, 2; Paige Jackson, 5; Aiden Jackson, 3.

You told us what you liked about the North Coast National

Local Partners

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Federal grant keeps NORPA telling our local stories

ANNOUNCEMENT: NORPA's Producer Marisa Snow, Artistic Director Julian Louis, General Manager Patrick Healy, Chair David Wolff, with Member for Page Kevin Hogan.

Arts company granted almost $400,00 over two years

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track