Kyogle High School viral fight club video divides community
THURSDAY 12.15pm: VIRAL videos of Kyogle High School students brawling on school grounds have divided the community.
Four violent altercations filmed at the school this year were published on North Coast Crime and You Tube pages on Monday.
Opinion on the widespread sharing of the footage has polarised parents, former students, and Northern Rivers residents.
Some criticised North Coast Crime for producing a compilation of three fights, fearing the sharing of footage would encourage copy cat violence.
"This is so wrong. This should be deleted. Kids don't need to know (their) (being) advertised, that will encourage them," said Rachuel Howie.
But the page administrator said the videos were submitted by students and posted to 'expose' problems at the school.
The Department of Education and Kyogle High School stated matters had been dealt with internally and pupils found filming "inappropriately" would be disciplined.
"The school strongly discourages any dissemination or promotion of inappropriate footage because it encourages the behaviour and puts students' safety at risk," the spokesman said.
Some perceived the schools' responses to be more concerned with the filming than the violence.
"Are you kidding? You are more concerned about the filming of these fights, than the fights themselves?," Haylee Kaye posted on the Kyogle High Schools Facebook page.
"Once attended this school and never seen this type of behaviour and it is disgusting! Shame on you Kyogle State School."
Parents of the children featured have been criticised for bad parenting.
"These young kids need to understand actions and consequences," said Tony O'Toole.
"They also need to learn self-discipline, respect for themselves and others and that yes one punch can kill."
While others said social media exposure unusually sensationalised school yard fights, which were a normal part of growing up.
"Good on those girls who tried to break It up instead of standing around encouraging it like everyone else was," Tom Mison said.
Lismore Greens' criticised media coverage of the videos, which have garnered more than 44,000 views since their publication.
Former Kyogle High pupil and NSW Young Greens Co-convenor Kleon Toffetti said the school suffered "organic disconnectedness and dysfunction without the introduction of a media catalyst".
"Young people in Kyogle, in schools and socially have the right to be proud of and feel a sense of connectedness in their community," he wrote.
WEDNESDAY 4pm: SHOCKING footage of Kyogle High School students fighting has gone viral, sparking fears a student could be seriously injured if the trend continues.
A two minute video titled 'one punch kills' featuring three separate fights has been viewed more than 30,000 times since being posted on social media by North Coast Crime yesterday.
In the first clip, two female students are seen standing face to face in front of the classroom, while the person behind the phone camera calls: "start swinging".
A teacher pleads "no" at least six times while pulling the fight apart. Afterwards the teacher uses her mobile phone while the pupils walk away.
In the second clip, two female students can be seen pushing each other in the face, while onlookers laugh. Two teachers pull the fight apart.
In the third clip two male students fight, throwing punches at each other's heads, while onlookers scream and cheer.
Eventually students pull the pair apart and shout "stop".
A fourth video available on You Tube shows two girls fighting, with a group of teachers required to pull them apart.
A Department of Education spokesman confirmed it was investigating with police.
"NSW government schools, including Kyogle High School, do not tolerate any violence or inappropriate behaviour, and take appropriate disciplinary action in every case that comes to light," he said.
"The school is not aware of any serious injuries resulting from the incidents referred to."
Richmond Local Area Command officers attended Kyogle High School today to investigate the matter with a police liaison officer.
"It's the understanding of police that two of the clips are from last year," Inspector Doug Conners said.
"One clip was from approximately a month ago and one was very recent.
"The school has taken a very strong stance against violence and has dealt with the matters internally.
"At this time there has been no formal police action taken.
"However police are certainly able to take action if victims of school yard violence report the assaults to police.
"Violence within the community is always a concern and as individuals, victims can report it direct to police."
An Education spokesman said Kyogle High School has a strict mobile device use policy and disciplinary action will be taken against students "found to have been filming inappropriately".
"The school strongly discourages any dissemination or promotion of inappropriate footage because it encourages the behaviour and puts students' safety at risk," he said.
"Staff are trained to manage inappropriate behaviour, and this can include calling police if necessary."
Parents took to social media to express their concerns over the footage.
"By continuing to post this (video) you are also re-enforcing the desire to be seen and feeding these kids the desire for accolades and notoriety," said Lee Zammit.
NSW Teachers' Federation said they were unable to comment.