Schoolgirls suspended after fight on YouTube
Published 13/10/2012 | 05:00
THREE students have been suspended from school following a phone recording of a fight that became an internet hit.
By yesterday morning more than 28,000 people had logged on to Twitter to watch two 13-year-old Cork schoolgirls fight for the affections of a male student.
Thousands of tweets have been made regarding the incident under the tag line #firstyearfight.
The two girls involved have been identified and have been suspended from Christ King Secondary School in Turners Cross. A third girl, also shown on the video, has also been suspended.
A source has said that one of the parents of the girls refused to accept that it was his daughter in the video.
Further efforts are being made to identify the rest of the 30 students seen cheering on the video.
The video shows the two girls, just two months after starting first year in their new school, rolling and punching each other on the ground.
As many as 30 other students can be seen cheering as both girls rain blows down on each other and grapple on the ground.
Gardai have been made aware of the incident and a team from Cork Divisional Community Policing Unit attended at the school.
Officers did not wish to comment officially in regard to the incident but a source has stated that they are examining the footage but the likelihood of any prosecution was "very slim".
"There are no complaints of assault as yet," the source said.
"The kids have been talked to and been advised about the seriousness of what they have done.
"Due to the fact that there is no complaint, the most appropriate way to handle this would be for the school to take care of it using their internal discipline structures."
Christ King Secondary School released a statement saying that they would deal with the incident robustly. "Where possible, parents will be informed and, having examined all implications, appropriate action will be taken," the statement said.
The shocking video came to light after it was posted on boards.ie. It then went viral after being posted on Youtube but it has since been deleted.