A child who was accused of hanging 10-year-old schoolgirl Amber Yoon from a tree with a skipping rope will not be charged.
Police decided not to lay charges following an investigation launched into the incident at the Queen of Apostles school in Riverton, in Perth’s south.
Investigators concluded they could not determine beyond reasonable doubt that the perpetrator knew the consequences of their actions or acted with malicious intent.
Amber’s mother, Belinda Yoon said that whilst authorities believed her daughter, they are not going to press charges.
Amber came home from school and told her mother a classmate had tried to kill her by hanging her from a tree (Pictured: Amber’s neck after the alleged incident)
Amber’s younger brother, Hunter, 9, is changing schools as a result of what happened to his older sister (Pictured: Amber and her mother Belinda)
‘It was heartbreaking trying to explain to Amber what was happening, that the police believe her but that they aren’t going to do anything,’ she said in an interview with 7 News Perth.
‘It is a very strange situation. I am not angry at the child who did this, I’m angry that a little girl was terrified and thought she was going to die and seemingly no one is accountable.’
‘She’s so traumatised by this, and how do I explain to a little girl that no one’s at fault for what happened to her?’ Mrs Yoon asked.
Belinda Yoon has previously said that the attack on her daughter has not only impacted Amber, who suffers from a severe medical condition, but the entire family.
Amber suffers from a life-threatening condition known as Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula and Oesophageal Atresia (TOF-OA), meaning that when she was born her oesophagus was connected to her trachea.
She has had countless surgeries, is extremely susceptible to choking and can only hear out of one ear.
Last month Amber came home and asked to speak to her mother privately before she burst into tears and told her what happened at the school.
Mrs Yoon was in shock as her daughter told her about the incident, including that a teacher had sternly told her what she was doing was wrong.
Belinda Yoon (pictured) was in shock as her daughter told her what happened, including that a teacher had sternly told her what she was doing was wrong
The school didn’t contact Mrs Yoon or her husband and so, after she called a specialist who knew the details of Amber’s condition, she called the police.
However what Amber says happened has had a domino effect on the family.
The mother-of-four told Daily Mail Australia: ‘When I say this literally devastated our whole family, it really did.
‘I can’t even describe to you. There were days, especially last week, when we couldn’t sleep. Anytime we opened our mouths we just cried.’
Amber’s younger brother, Hunter, nine, is changing schools as a result of what happened to his older sister.
‘My daughters are just devastated.’
One of Mrs Yoon’s older daughters is in her first year of university while another is in Year 10.
WA police confirmed that they will not be pressing charges against the perpetrator, a classmate of Amber, following an investigation launched into the incident
She said one of them recalls holding Amber as she had a serious medical scare, believing her little sister was going to die.
‘It is just a mix of anger and hurt,’ Mrs Yoon said.
As a result members of the family have missed school, angry at what allegedly happened to their sister.
Mrs Yoon, who was in her second year as a nursing student, has had to withdraw from university so she can help her child get the help she needs as a result.
Amber, who has never complained through countless procedures and wears her scars ‘like war wounds’ has always been a happy little girl, according to Mrs Yoon.
Despite countless visits to the hospital she has never needed psychological help but last week her mother took her to her first appointment because of what she went through on that Friday.
The bullying that Amber was experiencing was first brought to the attention of the school after Mrs Yoon found a ‘heartbreaking’ diary entry (pictured) from her daughter as she asked why none of her friends would play with her
‘As I was reading them a common theme was recurring and it was the frustration and heartache at the lack of a system that does not yet exist’, Mrs Yoon posted on Facebook
The bullying that Amber was experiencing was first brought to the attention of the school after Mrs Yoon found a ‘heartbreaking’ diary entry from her daughter, her mother said.
‘I can’t get off my mind why won’t my ‘friends’ won’t (sic) play with me,’ the young girl wrote in a new diary after ripping out her previous entries, revealed by Nine News.
‘And haven’t been treating me not (sic) very nice.
‘Pray for me please.’
Mrs Yoon said that her and her husband Dave have almost lost Amber countless times due to her medical condition
She described herself as the ‘weird girl’ and she wrote that nobody would sit with her.
In a meeting two days before Amber was found hanging from a tree school officials said that there was evidence her daughter was being excluded, Mrs Yoon said.
Mrs Yoon has opened up about her daughter’s ordeal because she felt as though the school was trying to silence her and she was so angry.
She told Daily Mail Australia: ‘We have to do something. I can’t let another family feel this pain. There is no feeling like it.
‘We have been scared before – we thought we were going to lose her many times.
‘But this was so different because it was completely preventable and it didn’t need to happen.’
Mrs Yoon told Daily Mail Australia: ‘We have to do something. I can’t let another family feel this pain. There is no feeling like it’
Mrs Yoon has opened up about her daughter’s ordeal because she felt as though the school was trying to silence her and she was so angry
She and Amber have been targeted by people on social media as a result of their claims but Mrs Yoon said she and her daughter have stayed up all night reading positive messages.
‘It was nothing but love,’ she said.
‘She was feeling shame. I was going, ‘Baby, you’re so brave’ and she said ‘What, for being bullied?’.’
Mrs Yoon had to tell her ten-year-old the shame wasn’t on her.
‘I told her people are so inspired by you because you have spoken out.’
She and Amber have been targeted by people on social media as a result of their claims but Mrs Yoon said she and her daughter have stayed up all night reading positive messages