The mother of an Indigenous boy who made global headlines after being bullied says she was left in the dark by the school for months following.
Video went viral in February of nine-year-old Quaden, who has a common form of dwarfism, saying he was going to kill himself after being taunted at school.
Yarraka Bayles has told the disability royal commission the school has made recent progress but it took a long time to develop a plan for her son to return to the classroom.
"It was just our support services checking in with us," Ms Bayles said on Monday.
"Quaden felt like he was being punished because he actually wanted to go back to school.
"There were many, many months that went by where it was just me and Quaden sitting at home. There wasn't anything else we could do and it was very, very difficult."
The five-day commission hearing is examining barriers to students with a disability accessing inclusive and fulfilling education.
Ms Bayles said Quaden requires the assistance of a specialist machine for respiratory problems but he's not allowed to bring it to school.
In a recent incident, she said staff were forced to call an ambulance because he had stopped breathing and they were worried he had died.
"The recommendation with his returning back-to-school plan from his specialist at the hospital were that they didn't want the machine coming to school," Ms Bayles said.
"They didn't want to promote or encourage him to have naps during the day."
Ms Bayles is working to introduce a 'Quaden's Law' and said she would like to see a shake-up of anti-bullying measures.
There should be shift towards fostering empathy in children, addressing root causes of bullying at home and ensuring students can report incidents anonymously, she said.
There is also a need for greater cultural awareness training at schools, so Indigenous students can feel proud of their heritage.
Ms Bayles received a confidential settlement payout last month from News Corp columnist Miranda Devine, who suggested Quaden faked being bullied to scam money.
The commission will also probe how disciplinary measures are used against students with a disability.
At Queensland state schools in 2019, kids with a disability accounted for 38 per cent of suspended students even though they make up only 18 per cent of the student population, the inquiry heard.
"When a student with disability does not feel safe, does not feel included, supported and valued, then the potential of that young person may never be unlocked," counsel assisting the commission, Dr Kerri Mellifont QC, said.
"That is not only a loss to that student, but a loss to all of us."
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