A schoolgirl alleged to have kicked a fellow pupil in the head has been suspended from a Blackpool secondary school.
The assault took place outside South Shore Academy on Friday afternoon when a 12-year-old girl was pushed to the ground and kicked in the head.
Police are now investigating the incident, which they say left the girl with bruising to the side of her face, and the school says the older girl has been excluded for five days.
The academy’s headteacher, Jane Bailey, said: “The girl who was seen to be assaulted is back in school and is perfectly healthy and has no injury, thank goodness.
“This is not something we condone at all as a community, and we are very disappointed that this has happened.
“We are still investigating the incident, but we have excluded the other pupil involved in the first instance for five days and will review that position when we know more.”
The attack happened outside of school hours, at around 3.20pm, close to the school on St Annes Road, South Shore.
Police initially said the attacker was an unknown man who fled the scene after attacking the school girl and kicking her as she lay head down on the ground.
They later confirmed it was another pupil from the school who was involved in the incident.
Ms Bailey, who has recently taken over running of the Academy, said: “I can imagine how horrifying this would have appeared to the community and people walking by, and this is certainly not how we would want to be perceived.
“It is hard for us to police what happens outside of school hours and unfortunately this was 20 minutes after school finished.
“We are very much dealing with this incident, and even though it was outside of school hours this is something that is very important to us. The police are involved and we are looking into what happened from several different angles.”
Ms Bailey said it was a priority of the school to influence the behaviour of pupils both inside the Academy and outside in the community.