WARNING — DISTRESSING CONTENT: A 12-year-old schoolgirl has been left covered in blood after she was allegedly assaulted outside a McDonald's.
On Saturday afternoon, the girl was "simply enjoying a meal and laughing together" with her sister and classmates at Glenfield McDonald's in Auckland, the girl's mum explained in a Facebook post.
That's when another girl allegedly came over to confront her, "mistakenly" believing she was being laughed at, the mum wrote.
After leaving the McDonald's, the child's sister noticed they were being followed by two girls, who demanded an apology before allegedly launching an attack on her.
“They kicked her in the leg and pinned her to the ground before repeatedly kicking her in the face and forehead, causing her to bleed," she told the New Zealand Herald.
"Even after my sister apologised, the girl proceeded to physically attack her because she had no means of defending herself."
Mum urges community to 'take care of our children'
Following the incident, the victim called her mum and was taken to White Cross Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries.
"My daughter called me in distress, crying and saying 'Mama'," the woman continued in her Facebook post. "I quickly say to my husband to go and pick her up, as I sensed something was wrong... my hands are shaking and I feel so nervous.
"The bleeding only stopped when we took her to White Cross. She is currently okay, but her face has sustained damage and swelling."
She mentioned how the family wanted to "engage in a conversation", with the people responsible and their parents to "ensure that such acts of abuse and assault do not happen to others in the future."
NZ Prime Minister Chris Hipkins also commented on the incident, describing it as "horrific and utterly unacceptable".
“I can say, as a parent, that every parent would be heartbroken by that photo,” he told AM, a local station. “No parents or victims should have to go through an experience like that.”
14-year-old charged over incident
Auckland Police confirmed a 14-year-old girl was charged with 'injures with intent to injure' and appeared at North Shore District Court on Tuesday.
“Police are continuing to provide support to the victim, as well as those in the community impacted by what happened,” Inspector Stefan Sagar, Waitematā East Area Commander, told news.com.au.
“We acknowledge this was a frightening incident for those involved and we would like to reassure the community we have no tolerance for this type of behaviour, however as this matter is now before the Court, Police are limited in further comment.”
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