Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has weighed into the debate on the "fight club" involving Kalgoorlie-Boulder students, saying "it had been going on for ever" but warned uploading footage was a breach of privacy.
Mr O'Callaghan said the "fight club" was something police had to respond to because they did not want children to get injured but he did not think it was a new phenomenon.
"We were all fighting when we were at school," Mr O'Callaghan said. "The main difference is these fights can be videoed and uploaded and we didn't have that technology 40 years ago."
The West Australian revealed yesterday a Facebook page was promoting a "fight club" between students at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School.
The page displayed videos and information such as time and place of fights and those involved.
The Commissioner said he believed the ability to film and upload the footage elevated the issue.
"The privacy of the kids is breached because it is uploaded without their permission," Mr O'Callaghan said.
"A lot of other kids get to see it so it's not a good message to be sending."
Mr O'Callaghan said the issue was not a priority, rather something police dealt with daily. He said WA Police was working with the Education Department on the issue.
"It's the schools and the parents' responsibility primarily - we will come but we don't have an endless supply of police officers to break up school fights."
Goldfields Education regional executive director Ken Perris praised KBCHS principal Terry Martino and his staff for their proactive efforts.
Mr Perris said they had dramatically reduced the number of fights and behavioural incidents at the school.The Commissioner encouraged the public to report material posted online so WA Police could respond if required, including with other agencies. Kalgoorlie Police Sen. Sgt Danny Vincent also asked any concerned school to contact police.
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