ELITE SCHOOL BASH­ING SCAN­DAL

Nudgee stu­dents charged over bru­tal in­ter-school as­sault

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - FRONT PAGE - GREG STOLZ

FIVE stu­dents from Nudgee Col­lege have been charged over the al­leged bru­tal bash­ing of two boys from an­other GPS school af­ter the fierce ri­valry be­tween the two pres­ti­gious Bris­bane schools spilt into blood­shed.

The Sun­day Mail un­der­stands one of the vic­tims, 16, was al­legedly crash-tack­led and stomped on in a ter­ri­fy­ing at­tack, leav­ing him with a sus­pected frac­tured eye socket and bruised kid­neys.

He was al­legedly set upon by a group of Nudgee stu­dents – who have since been dis­ci­plined by the school – at a party at the Kalinga scout hall on Bris­bane’s north­side.

“Ten kids just at­tacked my son and kicked the s--t out of him – he could have been killed,” the boy’s dad said.

“The po­lice have been pretty good but Nudgee ap­pears to just want to brush it un­der the car­pet.” The at­tack, which oc­curred last month, led to five Nudgee stu­dents be­ing charged by po­lice with as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm.

FIVE stu­dents from Nudgee Col­lege have been charged with se­ri­ous as­sault over the bru­tal al­leged bash­ing of two boys from an­other GPS school af­ter fierce ri­valry be­tween the two elite Bris­bane schools spilt into blood­shed.

The boys were al­legedly set upon by a group of stu­dents from Nudgee at a party at the Kalinga scout hall on Bris­bane’s north­side.

The Sun­day Mail un­der­stands one of the boys, 16, was al­legedly crash-tack­led and stomped on in the ter­ri­fy­ing at­tack, leav­ing him with a sus­pected frac­tured eye socket and bruised kid­neys.

His school­mate – from a school The Sun­day Mail can­not name for le­gal resons – was also left “bat­tered and bruised”, one fa­ther said.

“Ten kids just at­tacked my son and kicked the s--t out of him – he could have been killed,” the dad said.

“I’m pretty up­set about it. The po­lice have been pretty good but Nudgee ap­pears to just want to brush it un­der the car­pet.

“I’m con­cerned the kids in­volved are just go­ing to get off with a slap on the wrist.” rist.”

Adult on­look­ers are e be­lieved to have gone to the res­cue of the bashed boys, ys, pulling the al­leged at­tack­ers off them.

The at­tack, which h hap­pened last month, h, led to five Nudgee stu­u­dents be­ing charged by po­lice with as­sault oc­ca­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm.

But they are un­likely ely to face court as they are be­ing dealt with un­der “restora­tive jus­tice” pro­vi­sions of the Youth Jus­tice Act, and may only have to apol­o­gise to their vic­tims.

Nudgee Col­lege prin­ci­pal Peter Fullagar con­firmed some of his stu­dents were in­volved in an “al­ter­ca­tion” at Kalinga Park and said all had been dis­ci­plined.

“The in­ci­dent in­volved a se­ries of poor de­ci­sions by a num­ber of stu­dents,” he told The Sun­day Mail. “The col­lege does not con­done any be­hav­iours that are not re­flec­tive of our val­ues.

“At the time, the col­lege re­sponded to this in­ci­dent as soon as we be­come aware and pro-ac­tively as­sisted Queens Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice with the their in­quiries.”

Mr F Fullagar said the col­lege h had met with the par­ents of the stu­dents inv in­volved “to re­in­force ou our ex­pec­ta­tions of st stu­dent be­hav­iour”. “All stu­dents inv volved have rece ceived dis­ci­plinary ac ac­tion,” he said.

““We have also spo­ken w with the prin­ci­pal and par­ent par­ents of (the other school in­volved) and these dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing.

“The col­lege pas­toral pro­gram is guided by restora­tive jus­tice prac­tice, which en­cour­ages re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships.

“It is our ex­pec­ta­tion (that) our stu­dents be­have in a way con­sis­tent with this both in­side and out­side our col­lege gates.

“All stu­dents in­volved are par­tic­i­pat­ing in a com­mu­nity ser­vice pro­gram.”

In a let­ter to par­ents on Fri­day, Mr Fullagar wrote that the in­ci­dent had been dealt with con­fi­den­tially but was likely to be re­ported in the me­dia.

“The col­lege took this (dis­ci­plinary) ac­tion be­cause the con­duct of these stu­dents was un­ac­cept­able and very dis­ap­point­ing,” he wrote.

The in­ci­dent in­volved a se­ries of poor de­ci­sions by a num­ber of stu­dents. den The col­lege g does not con­done any be­hav­iours that are not re­flec­tive of our val­ues ues NUDGEE COL­LEGE PRIN­CI­PAL PETER FULLAGAR

SCAN­DAL: Five Nudgee Col­lege stu­dents were charged with the as­sault of a ri­val school stu­dent.

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