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