Vic­tim dragged by hair, kicked and punched as group watches

The Weekend Post - - 100 Years of Gratitude - MARK MUR­RAY

A SICKENING video has sur­faced show­ing a girl be­ing dragged by her hair off a port rack at a Far North­ern high school.

The shock­ing footage also shows the un­wit­ting stu­dent be­ing re­peat­edly punched by a teenage girl and then kicked in the face as a group of girls watch on at Moss­man State High School on Wed­nes­day.

A dis­traught mother, who is not re­lated to the at­tacked girl, said it was the third in­ci­dent of vi­o­lence at the school this week.

“It’s dis­gust­ing and is not ac­cept­able,” she said.

The woman, who did not want to be named in fear her chil­dren would be tar­geted, said it needed to stop.

“You just can’t do that in this era of anti-bul­ly­ing and anti-vi­o­lence and then sweep it un­der the car­pet,” she said.

“The school needs to get out in front of this and do some­thing. There is no ex­cuse and it’s hap­pen­ing re­peat­edly.”

The school talked about the sit­u­a­tion on Thurs­day at a spe­cial assem­bly, which in­cluded a warn­ing from Se­nior Con­sta­ble Cas­san­dra Hill.

Moss­man po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge, Sergeant Matt Smith, de­scribed it as “an unac­cept­able at­tack by one stu­dent to an­other” and con­firmed it was one of many re­cent al­leged as­saults at the school.

“A ju­ve­nile has been dealt with by Moss­man po­lice,” he said.

“In this in­stance, they have fi­nalised the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and taken the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion un­der the ju­ve­nile jus­tice act.

“There has been some unac­cept­able be­hav­iour that has come to our at­ten­tion and we will be tak­ing a hard-line ap­proach to any of­fence com­mit­ted by stu­dents at ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in the Moss­man area.”

Po­lice have spo­ken with some par­ents, con­cerned they could “take mat­ters into their own hands”.

“Stu­dents and teach­ers have a right to a safe place to work and study,” Sgt Smith said.

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion could not say if the of­fender had been sus­pended. The as­sault was im­me­di­ately re­ferred to the po­lice.

“QPS have taken ac­tion, and in line with the school’s re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour plan, it is grounds for ex­pul­sion,” a spokesman said on be­half of the Far North school in a state­ment.

“Any sit­u­a­tion that threat­ens the safety and well­be­ing of stu­dents or oth­ers in the school com­mu­nity is treated ex­tremely se­ri­ously, and dealt with as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity.

“The depart­ment is com­mit­ted to mon­i­tor­ing high stan­dards of be­hav­iour and sup­port­ing prin­ci­pals tak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.”

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