A high school boy has been left in hospital after a brutal bashing that was recorded on a mobile phone camera
A SCHOOLBOY has been filmed by his classmates being bashed in the latest bullying incident to be captured on camera.
The student was set upon by his classmates at Pakenham Secondary College as other pupils watched, one capturing the attack on a mobile phone.
The brutality resulted in the 13-year-old boy suffering head and neck injuries during the incident on Tuesday.
After complaining he was hurt, he was taken to hospital. Police are investigating.
The footage shows the eventual victim throw the first punch after being intimidated by a gang of students and then attacked.
It is believed teachers were nearby.
School principal Ray Squires said those responsible would be punished. "There was an incident and it is being looked at," he said. "We will go through our investigation and we will implement discipline as we see fit.
"The boy has been taken to hospital for treatment.
"The extent of his injuries are being monitored.
"Obviously his parents are concerned for the wellbeing of their child."
The bullying incident has angered the student's parents, who have been in talks with the school.
Mr Squires, who has been principal at the school for 18 months, said bullying was not a problem at the 950-pupil college.
He would not, however, say whether those responsible faced expulsion. "Our school will do our own internal investigation and make our own decision on what disciplinary action we will take," he said.
"We know our kids have filmed this but there is no evidence it has been put on any internet site."
It is not the first time bullies have filmed their school ground thuggery.
Exclusive Kew private school Xavier College was rocked when footage of students kicking and taunting a classmate in a wheelie bin surfaced on the internet in 2007.
The school was further embarrassed by revelations students held a "fight club" at lunch breaks.
Students at other schools have also distributed footage of pupils being bullied by fellow classmates and posting clips on internet site YouTube.
Police are investigating. * Anthony Dowsley
* From: Herald Sun
* October 15, 2009 12:00AM
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