Girl brutally bashed at school
A MOTHER has called for tougher action against bullies after watching a video of her 12-year-old girl being brutally bashed at Bremer State High School.
The young girl was left with a badly damaged eye socket and a chipped tooth after another girl, aged 15, punched, kicked and pulled her hair in a cowardly attack during a lunch break.
The incident was filmed on a mobile phone and sent to hundreds of Bremer State High students that afternoon.
The attacker was suspended for five days and will return to the school tomorrow.
The victim's mother claims her daughter has been told to remain inside the school at break times from Thursday - to prevent further attacks.
The girl's mother said she was furious that her daughter was being denied a lunchtime while her attacker would be free to roam the school yard.
"Why is my daughter the one punished and forced to miss out on lunch when the girl who bashed her walks around without punishment," the mother, who did not want to be named, said.
"It's hard getting your kids to attend school as it is. You expect your child to be safe when they go to school but at Bremer my girl and other girls do not feel safe."
The incident occurred last Wednesday after the victim was lured to the school oval by a girl who she had argued with previously - to "talk things over".
Once there, the victim found more than 30 students standing around waiting, some with mobile phones already out.
As the 12-year-old argued with the girl, a 15-year-old female student whom she did not know attacked her from behind - ripping her to the ground by her hair.
The victim's older brother was among the students who received video of the attack only to watch it and see it was his younger sister being bashed.
"It's very disturbing, the video. It got around the school very quickly," the mother said.
"As a parent you never want to watch that sort of thing, but I had to."
The Queensland Times has obtained the video. It showed the 15-year-old girl throwing the younger student to the ground several times and punching her as she lay prone.
"The girl is known as violent and yet she has not been expelled," the mother said.
"I just don't know why the school can't protect my daughter.
"Everyone at the school has seen the video and my daughter is obviously very upset about the incident."
An Education Queensland spokesman said the violent incident was handled "decisively".
"Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken and support services have been offered to the victim," the spokesman said.
"Physical violence is not tolerated in Queensland schools."
The issue of violence among students has been thrown into the spotlight by two recent deaths in schools.
In February, a 13-year-old boy was charged with murder over the Brisbane schoolyard stabbing of 12-year-old St Patrick's College student Elliott Fletcher.
While in August last year, 15-year-old Mullumbimby schoolboy Jai Morcom died as the result of a schoolyard fight.