Girl held knife to pupils’ throats af­ter bul­ly­ing on so­cial me­dia

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 So­cial me­dia bul­ly­ing drove a 12-year-old school­girl to at­tack two fel­low pupils with a knife, a court has heard.

The girl held a knife to the necks of two pupils, Llan­dudno youth court in North Wales heard, af­ter telling one on Snapchat: “Shut up or I will stab you.”

Her mother told the court that her daugh­ter was a “good kid” and her school, in Conwy county, had failed to act af­ter the “dis­gust­ing” taunts and bul­ly­ing, said to have taken place af­ter a fam­ily tragedy. The girl ad­mit­ted hav­ing a dagger on school premises and two com­mon as­saults. A 10-month re­fer­ral or­der was made and both vic­tims were awarded £75 com­pen­sa­tion.

James Neary, pros­e­cut­ing, said the girl sent a mes­sage to a 13-year-old boy on Snapchat, warn­ing him: “Shut up or I will bring a knife to school and stab you.” The next day at school she pro­duced the knife and put it to the boy’s throat. The knife caused a small cut to the boy’s fin­ger. Mr Neary said the girl had also run to­wards a fe­male friend and threat­ened to “f------ kill” her if she didn’t kiss a boy. The knife was held against her neck and the vic­tim had a small cut to the thumb when she grabbed the blade in de­fence.

The pros­e­cu­tor added that the girl said she took the knife into school to frighten bul­lies and was “mess­ing about” when she put it to her friend’s throat. She had in­sisted that “at no point did she in­tend to hurt any­one”.

Gra­ham Parry, mit­i­gat­ing, said the girl “had no idea of the se­ri­ous na­ture of what she was about to em­bark on”.

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