A teenage girl has been charged after an assault she was allegedly involved in was posted online and caught the attention of the education minister.
A teenage girl has been charged over a schoolyard assault that was posted online, attracting a stern warning from Queensland’s education minister.
On Wednesday night, police charged a 14-year-old Kawana girl with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, stalking and common assault.
Police said the victim, 14, was assaulted on a walkway on Tuesday and at an education facility on February 6.
Police Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot said the video footage was “not nice at all”.
“The police and general public don’t accept this behaviour in the community,” he told reporters before the charges were laid.
Mr Elliot said the alleged offender was known to police and was in her teens though it’s unclear if she is a student at the school or an ex-pupil.
He added the girl police had spoken to had suffered injuries though they were neither serious nor significant.
Minister John-Paul Langbroek promised to crack down on students who filmed or posted footage of school fights online after a fight between two teenagers in Rockhampton found its way on the internet.
“As a parent, I was horrified and appalled to see the video many people have seen,” Dr Langbroek told reporters on Wednesday.
“I have spoken to the principal of the school involved and I’ve given her my absolute assurance she has my support and she’ll receive the departmental support.”
Mr Elliot said the fight had occurred in a tunnel near the school in question, not on school grounds, but Dr Langbroek said that wouldn’t matter in any police investigation or crackdown by Education Queensland.
“I want to make it very clear for anyone in our schools who participates in, or encourages, this sort of activity by filming it or by posting it online, that there will be consequences if they do so,” he said.
Dr Langbroek said a new disciplinary regime gave principals the power to dish out stronger penalties.
They could include Saturday detentions or community service orders, he said.
Dr Langbroek said it was a challenge to keep up with the problems posed by technology on bullying and students’ behaviour.
“But the bottom line is, bad behaviour is bad behaviour and it doesn’t matter if you’re using IT and you get around current systems to post it online,” he said.
“We won’t accept it.”