Monday 23 October 2017

Parents horrified at schoolgirls' 'phone fight' video

A still from the video
A still from the video
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

GARDAI, schools and parents' groups have expressed horror at a video of two girls engaged in a vicious park 'phone fight'.

The footage, which has been watched at least 10,000 times on the internet, shows the two teens -- both of whom can be identified -- punching and grappling on the ground as their violent dispute is filmed by excited onlookers.

The fight took place in a Douglas park in Cork -- and the footage shows a large crowd of boys and girls cheering on the combatants. On several occasions, shouts of "hit her, hit her" can be heard from onlookers.

A number of crowd members are in identifiable school uniforms.

The footage also shows a number of onlookers filming the fracas on mobile phones.

A clip of the fight, which lasted several minutes, was later posted on Twitter.

It does not show either of the two teenage girls -- both of whom were dressed in tracksuits and trainers -- suffering significant injury. One Cork school -- Christ the King in Turner's Cross -- said the scenes were "appalling and unacceptable".

"We are disappointed by the apparent presence and involvement of pupils of Christ King.

"While we cannot control the actions of our pupils outside of school hours, Christ King students represent our school at all times and are advised that the school will invoke disciplinary procedures, as appropriate, where individuals have been found to have brought it into disrepute," a spokesman told the Irish Independent.

"Scenes such as those depicted are appalling and unacceptable and may damage the reputation and public perception of Christ King. Efforts to identify all those involved, both directly and indirectly, are on-going."

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Gardai said that while they consider such fights and footage as "potentially very serious", they have not as yet received a formal complaint.

The Irish Independent understands that a number of other schools on Cork's southside were investigating the matter and attempting to identify individuals from the posted footage.

The clip has sparked an internet debate -- with Boards.ie receiving a number of posts that such 'phone fights' are now commonplace near Irish secondary schools. Parents' groups have expressed horror at the footage -- and the fact such confrontations were apparently being filmed for distribution.

Irish Independent

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