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Sickening schoolgirls on the attack in bullying video

| 29.05,09. 02:58 AM |

Sickening schoolgirls on the attack in bullying video

May 29, 2009 12:00am

THEY are the sickening images of violence that would shock any parent - three former friends involved in two brawls on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Metres from Mona Vale shops, the three teenagers were captured on shocking mobile phone videos as they punched, kicked and pulled out each other's hair.

Police are investigating the vicious daylight brawls, with one that occurred during school hours being seen by up to 40 students.

Witnesses say the dispute between the former best friends began on Sunday when a 14-year-old girl jokingly cut her friend's hair as they sat with a group of mates in Mona Vale's Village Park.

The 15-year-old girl took offence and a brawl broke out.

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Footage shows the 15-year-old being punched and kicked on the ground as spectators cheer.

Later on Sunday a fight between the girls was arranged via social networking sites MSN Messenger and MySpace to be held on Tuesday at the same park.

At 1.30pm on Tuesday the girls met at the park, known locally as The Inch, where a second fight was watched and filmed by students.

Further video shows the 15-year-old girl bashed and beaten by the 14-year-old, who was aided by a third female.

Police raced to the scene, where they found the 15-year-old girl suffering facial cuts and bruises.

The 15-year-old girl has been cautioned for affray.

The 14-year-old alleged attacker was arrested at her home on Wednesday. She faced Bidura Children's Court yesterday charged with affray, offensive behaviour and breach of bail.

Sporting a black eye, she smiled briefly at her parents.

Her lawyer, Mandy Safi, said the young woman, who does not go to school, needed to go home to be cared for by her mother. She did not enter a plea.

Children's Magistrate Joan Baptie refused bail, telling the court the defendant had been "carrying on like a Kilkenny cat".

"If any of this is true, she's got real management issues and there's real concerns that she's not going to comply with any court directions," she said.

Ms Baptie ordered the girl to return to court next Monday.

"These are allegations of significant violence and there are real concerns in the court's mind of granting this young person bail," Ms Baptie said.

An Education Department spokesman said yesterday that the schools involved had disciplined their students.

 The Daily Telegraph

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