Bullied teen faces music on snapback
A Geraldton court has heard how a 16-year-old who had been repeatedly bullied snapped and assaulted another student at school.
The youth appeared for sentencing in Geraldton Children’s Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.
The charge relates to a fight involving school students in Geraldton on May 22.
Police prosecutor Carey Owen said the youth hit the student repeatedly before throwing him to the ground as his knees buckled.
The victim suffered a concussion and dizzy spells after the incident.
The bullied youth was later suspended from school and deactivated social media accounts after threats.
The court was told the youth, who underwent victim mediation, was bullied by the victim for an ongoing period before the incident.
Magistrate Donna Webb said it sounded like the youth had a horrible time and struck back.
“I can accept the ongoing bullying caused you to snap but this is a very serious assault,” she said.
The youth, who has an apprenticeship, was ordered to do 30 hours of community service.