A headteacher has spoken of his deep concerns after a video of a schoolboy attacking another pupil was posted online.
The Year 9 pupil at St Mary’s Catholic Academy was filmed punching the other boy, also a Year 9 pupil, before aiming a kick at his head as he tried to protect himself.
The video was posted on a Snapchat account of fights involving young people in Blackpool and then shared widely on Facebook, leading to condemnation from parents and other pupils.
Headteacher Simon Eccles (pictured inset) has excluded both the attacker and the boy who filmed the incident and today told pupils and parents he won’t tolerate fighting or similar behaviour in his school.
The pair have been hit with lengthy fixed term exclusions and he warned further sanctions may follow.
He said: “Behaviour of this nature is not part of the St Mary’s Way. All schools experience isolated issues of this nature from time to time and it is important that these matters are dealt with firmly.
“We have acted swiftly, working with parents to support the victim and to deal with the student who carried out the attack. The use of social media to broadcast a video of this nature is a worrying trend highlighted recently by The Gazette.
“It causes more stress for those involved and encourages young people to stage fights to upload on line, Snapchat should shut this down immediately” .
The nine-second video shows the victim being filmed up against a fence before the Year 9 pupil suddenly attacks him. The attacker was then ushered away by a girl, who has earned praise from the school for stepping in.
St Mary’s was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in its last inspection last year. Inspectors found parents had a positive view of the school and teachers.
Has this happened before?
The Gazette told in March how violent attacks on school children filmed and shared on social media are being investigated by police.
A number of ‘fight club’-style profiles have been set up on popular app Instagram encouraging users to share footage of youngsters fighting on the Fylde coast.
One, which was the subject of a police investigation, had more than 5,500 followers and had posted almost 50 clips, all purportedly filmed in and around Blackpool.
One such video, filmed in Grange Park, showed a young boy in school uniform being assaulted as he walked along the street.