Bul­lied teen faces mu­sic on snap­back

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

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.

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