Minister 'appalled' by schoolgirl fight

ninemsn staff
4:07pm February 12, 2014
February 12, 2014: Queensland authorities have been left appalled after footage was uploaded to YouTube, showing a school bully brutally assaulting a young girl.

The Queensland education minister says he is "appalled" by a video of a schoolgirl being teased and attacked that was allegedly posted online to shame the girl who bullied her.

The video, which was uploaded yesterday, shows a blonde girl trying to walk away as she is taunted by another school-aged girl, the Courier Mail reports.

But determined on confrontation, the antagonist attacks, throwing a series of wild punches as the blonde girl cries and tries to shield her face from the blows.

A number of other young people scream as the girl mercilessly pummels her submissive opponent.

The girl who was identified as the attacker reportedly boasted about the assault on her Facebook page but the post was later removed.

The incident is believed to have occurred at an underpass near Glenmore State High School in Rockhampton.

February 12, 2014: Video of a brutal attack on a Queensland schoolgirl has gone viral after being posted on the internet. A teenager has been taken into custody after police viewed the footage.

An anonymous group says it published the video, which appears to be filmed on a camera, in an attempt to shaming the girl responsible for the attack.

Janet Young, the principal of Glenmore State High School, said the matter was " extremely serious" and "strong disciplinary action" would be taken against the alleged perpetrator.

"I will also be looking at disciplinary action against any student involved in organising, filming, uploading footage to social media, or even encouraging violence of this nature," she said

"I make no apology for taking a hard line when the safety and wellbeing of our students is compromised.''

The state's education minister, John-Paul Langbroek, watched the video at a press conference this afternoon and said he was appalled.

The minister has promised to crackdown on students who film schoolyard fights or post the footage online.

"As a parent, I was horrified and appalled to see that video that many people have seen today," Dr Langbroek told reporters today.

"I have spoken to the principal of the school involved and I've given her my absolute assurance that she has my support and she'll receive the departmental support."

Queensland Police said they launched an investigation after being informed of the video's existence on a social network site.

They've spoken to one of the girls, 14, with police saying she'd been "quite traumatised" by the event.

"We're looking for the alleged attacker," Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot told reporters.

"The vision is not nice at all. The police and general public don't accept this behaviour in the community."

Det Snr Sgt Elliot said the alleged offender was known to police and was in her teens though it's unclear if she is a student at the school or an ex-pupil.

The attack is reportedly the second between Queensland schoolgirls in a week.

Police are investigating allegations that a 14-year-old was king-hit by another girl on the Gold Coast on Monday.

Source: Courier Mail

Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Kieran Campbell

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