The young victim, who attends the Deanes School, in Daws Heath Road, Thundersley, is pushed, punched and dragged to the floor before being repeatedly kicked in the face during the 30 second clip, which has since been removed from video-sharing site YouTube.
The girl, who had to be taken to hospital after the assault, was thought to have been attacked because of the colour of her hair.Deanes is a good school with a good reputation, and action has been swift:
Jan Atkinson, headteacher, said: “The school is treating this incident very seriously and is taking action against those involved.
“The students concerned, including the student who uploaded the video, will not be returning to the school.”/applause. Though in the comments, cynicism reigns.
However, since it's still a school, we can't avoid the usual overreaction and punishing the innocent, can we?
A blanket ban on mobile phones has been introduced at the school in the wake of the attack.Well, of course!
In a letter to parents on Wednesday, March 27 headteacher Jan Atkinson said since September there had been two incidents involving the use of mobiles, which have brought about the decision.
From April 15 they, along with other electronic devices, will be banned completely, including during break and lunch times.
Mrs Atkinson explained the reasons for the ban are:
• Disruption to learning in lessons by a minority of students.
• Irresponsible use, including videoing others without permission, which is against the law.
• The speed at which items are posted on social networking sites.
• The need to protect, not only the reputation of the school, but more importantly individuals within our school community.
• The possibility of mobile phones being used for bullying.Oh dear. What a shame you didn't Google no 2, Mrs Atkinson. It's only 'against the law' under certain circumstances. In public, anyone is fair game.
Poor research. You're getting an 'F'.