Boy, 11, allegedly hit in the eye with a xylophone mallet

A YOUNG child suffered serious damage to his eye and a teenager was treated for suspected facial fractures in two unrelated alleged assaults in the region's schools.

In the first case, an 11-year-old boy underwent eye surgery after allegedly being hit in the face with a musical instrument at a Maryborough primary school on October 28.

Police will allege a xylophone mallet was thrown at the boy, causing an injury which was at first not believed to be serious, but will now require treatment for the rest of his life.

Acting officer in charge of the Hervey Bay CIB, Sergeant Melonie Geck, said the injuries "fell within the parameters" of the offence of grievous bodily harm.

A representative of Education Queensland said the department could not comment as it was a police matter, but the Chronicle understood the 13-year-old alleged perpetrator was suspended for three days and was now back at school.

It is also understood that the boy who underwent surgery at Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital, suffered partial to permanent damage to his left eye and now faces an intensive two-month recovery period.

He will also require ongoing treatment.

He has not returned to the school.

In a separate incident, a 15-year-old boy was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital with serious facial injures after allegedly being repeatedly punched by a 16-year old student at a Hervey Bay high school.

The victim was allegedly bashed in the school toilet block on November 11.

Charges were yet to be laid in either case last night.

Both incidents were in the hands of officers from the Child Protection Investigation Unit.



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