Horrifying video of Aussie school bashing
THE footage is difficult to watch.
A year 7 student is first cornered, then thrown to the ground by her hair. She begs her attacker to "stop" but the assault gets worse.
In a stairwell at Bega High School, on the NSW south coast, the teen cowers before she is punched in the face, thrown to the ground by her hair a second time and repeatedly kicked.
"Watch your f***ing head," her attacker, a 13-year-old classmate who cannot be named, tells her.
The footage was captured on a mobile phone by another student who filmed the attack but did not try to intervene.
One student goes to the aid of the victim but is brushed aside before the assault continues.
The victim was taken to hospital following Tuesday's assault. She is suffering from injuries to her face and bruising.
Her attacker was charged by police on Tuesday evening with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical harm.
She was granted bail and will appear at a children's court next month.
Video from the attack was posted to Facebook where it was shared a number of times. Those who filmed and distributed the footage have been disciplined by the school.
Students at Bega High School had threatened to strike on Friday. They are calling for tougher penalties for students who bully their peers.
"We're planning a strike because we want to show that the students should have a voice in what happens after, or even before, occasions like this so … nobody ends up injured," school captain Ebony Beeton told ABC News.
Fellow student, Tasmin Bay, said it was important children could go to school and return home safely.
"But because of other students, and the way kids can get bullied, they don't feel safe in an environment where they're meant to be protected," she said.
A spokesman for Bega High School said the incident was dealt with "immediately and appropriately".
A Department of Education spokesman told the Bega District News "Bega High and other NSW public schools do not accept violence, bullying or other forms of inappropriate behaviour.
"They are dealt with strongly through the school's discipline code. When such behaviour may have broken a law, the incident is reported to police and the school cooperates with their investigations and any action they consider appropriate."
The response to the video has been stinging on social media where parents are calling for more to be done.
"Parents should be charged as well, that will stop all this," one man wrote.
"I would love to hear a comment from the attacker's parents," another wrote.