| 09.07,09. 02:10 AM |
Newcastle mum told daughter to bash up her bully in 'brain snap'
July 09, 2009 12:00am
AT HER wit's end and frustrated by her daughter's treatment at the hands of a bully, a young mother revealed yesterday she suffered a "brain snap" when she egged her child on to bash her tormenter.
The 30-year-old Newcastle woman yesterday pleaded guilty to inciting another to commit common assault, after a physical fight between her daughter and a group of teenagers.
During the fight, which was captured on a mobile phone, police said the woman can be heard yelling out to her 14-year-old daughter "break her nose, break her nose", as the girl fights another teenager.
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Speaking exclusively to The Daily Telegraph yesterday, the woman - who cannot be named for legal reasons - said she "just snapped" after watching her daughter get bullied at school by another girl for almost six months.
"Part of me thinks I had a brain snap after months and months of watching (her) get picked on," she said. "Never . . . did I think it would turn into a full-on fight."
In a written statement tendered to Toronto Local Court, the woman said that on an almost weekly basis since the start of the year her daughter had received text messages on her mobile phone "challenging her to fight".
"I have always said to her 'just walk away, walk away'," she said.
"It got so bad a few months back that we took her around to (another teenage girl's) place and spoke to the parents, but they said 'let them sort it out themselves'," the mother said.
On May 31, she said her daughter returned home from a sleepover at a friend's place and revealed she had received another text message challenging her to a fight at a local park.
"She was bawling her eyes out. She said, 'Mum, I have to sort this out'. So I took her there thinking they would talk it through."
Police said the woman incited the common assault of another person through her encouragement of the fight and shouting "break her nose".
Outside the court, the parents of the girl who suffered a black eye and bruising to her face as a result of the fight said their daughter had suffered considerably since the brawl.
"We just want justice for our daughter so this doesn't happen to anyone else's kid," the father said.
Magistrate Jacki Tradd adjourned the matter for sentence on July 24.