Students from a Kalgoorlie school have formed a "fight club" where they gather to watch children attack each other before school, then post video footage of the brawls on social media.
Parents are shocked and concerned by the emergence of the Facebook page promoting the "fight club" and advertising fights between students from Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School that take place near a service station a short distance from the school, or outside the local hockey stadium.
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Students take videos of fights and post them on the page along with information about upcoming fights such as the time, location and students involved.
The page, which has been reported to police by school principal Terry Martino, had close to 400 "likes" yesterday.
The videos show big groups of students watching the fights, cheering and filming the two children brawling.
A mother whose son was involved in a fight on Tuesday said she was disgusted.
"My son was advertised on the Facebook page - I didn't even know about this until the morning of the fight," she said.
"I called my son and told him not to get off the bus (to fight) but he disobeyed me - the police and a lot of parents were there.
"The kids started to walk to school but once they were out of the view of the police, they started to fight. The police came to break it up."
The mother said she had seen up to 100 students watching the fights and parents needed to realise their children "were not angels".
"I'm sure the parents of the students who started this Facebook page don't even know what they have done," she said. "I'm not blaming the school here - I'm blaming the children because they are the ones responsible for their actions."
Another mother with two children at the school said she had driven past fights at the service station.
"I am really, really concerned - I can't fault the school education-wise but something needs to be done," she said.
Kalgoorlie Sen. Sgt Danny Vincent said he was told about the problem this week.
"As part of our commitment to proactive policing, we will be conducting daily patrols in the area," he said. "Kalgoorlie police have been made aware of what has been posted on social media and we are making inquiries into this."
Mr Martino said the incident on Tuesday happened about 1km from school grounds and the two boys involved were being spoken to by the school.
He called on the community to take a shared responsibility for the children's behaviour and to help them behave appropriately.
He also reminded parents to be vigilant about how their children were using social media.
Mr Martino said the vast majority of students were well behaved at school but he was aware of a few incidents outside school hours.
"We have been speaking to our students regularly at assemblies and reminding them there are much better ways to resolve issues than resorting to violence," he said. "We monitor any tensions among students at school and alert staff, parents and police if there are any concerns."
Mr Martino said the school had strategies to ensure a safe and positive environment.
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