A Cork secondary school has described a fight between two young female pupils that went viral as “appalling and unacceptable” as three students were suspended last night and more face similar sanctions.
Gardaí confirmed last night that they were investigating the incident.
Up to 50 roaring children formed a ring around the two girls, believed to be 12 or 13, and urged them to hit and pull each other’s hair.
The fight, which was evidently pre-organised, took place outside of school hours in a park in a Cork suburb.
One of the girls is seen being pushed by another towards her opponent in an effort to get the fight under way.
At one stage, one girl has the other pinned and is seen punching her in the face and upper body.
The fight lasted two minutes before the two were pulled apart.
Christ King Girls Secondary School issued a statement yesterday saying it was disappointed by the apparent presence and involvement of some of its pupils. It said that while it could not control the actions of pupils outside of school hours, students represented the school at all times and were advised that Christ King would “invoke disciplinary procedures, as appropriate, where individuals have been found to have brought it into disrepute”.
The school described the scenes depicted on the internet as “appalling and unacceptable” and said it may damage the school’s reputation.
“We are disappointed not just by the behaviour of those involved in fighting, but also by those who are apparently urging them on, or who are making no effort to intervene.
“As a school [we] always try and instil an ethos that leads to best behaviour and respect for others: however, ultimate responsibility for proper behaviour rests with each individual. We ask each and every student to take this responsibility seriously for their own sake, their families and for the sake of the wider community.”
The school authorities said they would continue to try to identify anyone involved both directly and indirectly.
“Where possible, parents will be informed and, having examined all implications, appropriate action will be taken.”
National Parents’ Council Post Primary spokeswoman Jackie O’Callaghan said schools and parents needed “to make the punishment suit the crime”.
“Children must be made aware of the implications of fighting and how punching somebody in the head could actually kill them. They also need to be made aware of the implications of social media and the fact this is up on the internet forever.”
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