Bashing probe widens
Geraldton police are investigating whether to charge bystanders and the person who filmed a violent bashing after school last Friday.
Police arrested three teenage girls on Wednesday morning, shortly after video of the attack emerged.
The video shows two girls in John Willcock College uniforms knocking a girl to the ground, pulling her hair, punching and stomping on her head.
After inquiries, a third girl was arrested and all three have been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.
The incident did not occur on school grounds.
Senior Sergeant Brad Bird said the videoed attack was one of the worst he’d seen in 28 years of policing. Yesterday he said further charges may be laid.
“At the moment my investigators are looking at the bystanders that incited the fight, as well as those that videotaped it and loaded it up onto social media and forwarded it on,” he said.
“What I will also say is that if there’s anyone out there involved in bullying, please step up and speak to somebody about it because this can stop the situation that we saw on video where it got to such a violent act.”
Enough is enough and it has to stop.
Acting deputy director general of public schools, Stephen Baxter
The victim presented at the Geraldton Hospital emergency department on October 26 and was discharged the same day.
Sen. Sgt Brad Bird said as well as protecting the victim, police were also ensuring the girls involved were receiving the necessary support. “We’ll be working with our stakeholders and their families,” he said.
Acting deputy director-general of public schools Stephen Baxter has also weighed in, suggesting the girls school will also discipline students determined to be involved.
“The education minister has made it very clear that she is drawing a line in the sand on this type of violence involving school-aged children — enough is enough and it has to stop,” Mr Baxter said.
“While this is currently a police matter, my expectation is that strong school disciplinary action will be taken in this case to show violence is entirely unacceptable.”
Anyone who has information regarding this incident should call Geraldton police on 9923 4555.