A 14-year-old schoolgirl has been viciously bashed in a brutal attack at a high school in Melbourne’s west.
Fellow students at the Staughton College in Melton West filmed the entire ordeal was filmed and then shared on social media.
The victim’s mother was also assaulted as she waited to pick up her daughter after class.
Kristy Hartson’s daughter Summer was savagely punched and kicked on Wednesday afternoon as dozens of other students watched on.
The brawl was organised on Facebook and footage was shared on social media, the mother said.
Summer was left battered and bruised, suffering a black eye, a headache and a sore back and neck.
Ms Hartson, who first spoke to 3AW radio on Friday morning, says she’s terrified to let her daughter go to school. She fears the worst is still to come.
“I’ve constantly cried, screaming in my own body,” she said.
Earlier this year, Kristy was also viciously assaulted and thrown into a head lock as she picked her daughter up from school.
The mother says she’s considering self-defence classes to help Summer protect herself from relentless bullying, and has hit out at the school for not doing more to prevent the attack.
“They’ve got a duty of care and they’re not doing that,” she said.
“Wednesday is not the first [time Summer was attacked]. It happened last week.”
Police visited the school Friday afternoon as they investigate the fight. There are claims the attack was triggered by racism.
The school says it’s treating the incident very seriously and has introduced special assemblies to discuss respectful behaviour and tackle bullying in the playground.
In a statement to 7 News, Staughton College principal David Lord said: “There is no place for bullying or aggressive and threatening behaviour in our school and this incident does not reflect our values.”
Ms Hartson said she is now speaking out in a bid to end the violence.
“A punch to the head can kill you. And if weapons come in next, what’s to say what’s going to happen?” she asked.