School attack shock

A WITNESS to an assault outside a Clarenza high school this week said he was taken aback by the brazen nature of the attack.

The man, who did not want to be identified out of fear of reprisals for his child, said he watched as three car loads of students from another school arrived at McAuley Catholic College as students were meeting buses on Tuesday afternoon.

He said at least eight male intruders from Grafton High School circled a 16-year-old McAuley student. The student was hit and thrown to the concrete.

"I was horrified," he said.

"They were just thugs.

"I gave the school principal the number plates of two of the cars and told him if he didn't give them to police I would."

The parent said he did not believe the victim of the assault was a saint but students should never think it was appropriate to take matters into their own hands.

"If you and I and a group of others set out to assault another adult the police would track us down and put us before the courts, and that is what should happen," he said.

"This was a planned and premeditated attack.

"The police should charge the little shits who decided to do this."

The parent was also critical of the school for not having a proper medical check done on the injured McAuley student.

"He had a head injury and blood coming out of his head and arm," he said.

"He should have been checked by an ambulance."

Another parent said she believed the assault resulted from a Facebook exchange and called for the popular social networking site to be banned for people under the age of 18.

"They are not emotionally equipped to be able to deal with the bullying that goes on there," she said.

"Teens are getting bombarded with hormones and they are not thinking things through.

"I would like to see the statistics on suicide related to Facebook bullying. There's stuff going on with Facebook that would make your skin crawl.

"Most parents don't know what is going on. They need to check what their kids are doing there. Permanent damage is being done."

She said school laptops should have a chip installed so they could not be used to access Facebook.

A spokesman for the Department of Education said one Grafton High School student had been suspended and four others were to face disciplinary action.

Calls to McAuley Catholic College yesterday went unanswered.

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