Schoolyard fights being shared by students on Instagram

 

FOOTAGE of organised fights in Queensland schools is being shared on social media, attracting hundreds of views.

A public account on photo-sharing application Instagram featured half a dozen snippets of footage of scuffles at schools across the southeast.

The account has since been deleted but a video posted this week featured two students who appeared to be from Aspley State High School.

Surrounded by concrete, some students watched on while others filmed, as one student was grabbed by the neck.

A scuffle between students believed to be from Ferny Grove State High School also appeared on the page, as did a fight between students from private Catholic school St Laurence's College.

Apparent criminal activity was also shared on the account, with one video titled "local lads steal car".

Students from Aspley State High School involved in a scuffle.
Students from Aspley State High School involved in a scuffle.

Paul Stanley, who has been vocal on youth violence since his teenage son Matthew was killed by a coward punched in 2006, said the incidents were just "stupidity".

"These kids just don't realise the possible outcome of it (these fights)," he said.

"They are fighting on concrete; on stairs and the kids only got to fall over and bang his head on the concrete and he could be resting beside my son.

"It's just stupid."

Mr Stanley said mobile phones and social media were allowing kids to "glamorise" their actions.

"It's glamorising something that's not glamorous," he said.

St Laurence's College principal Chris Leadbetter said the school had a number of policies in place to protect student welfare.

"The College does not condone any acts of violence and the misuse of social media by any members of the community," he said.

Footage posted on Instagram of students who appear to be from Ferny Grove State High School involved in a scuffle. Picture: Instagram
Footage posted on Instagram of students who appear to be from Ferny Grove State High School involved in a scuffle. Picture: Instagram

He confirmed the footage would be reviewed and "appropriate actions taken in accordance with normal school procedures".

The Department of Education said in a written statement that "violence in any form is not tolerated in Queensland State Schools".

"Principals can take strong disciplinary action against behaviours that breach the expected standards. The department supports principals in taking decisive action when dealing with behaviour incidents," the statement said.

"Mobile phone policies, as well as consequences for inappropriate behaviour in regard to mobile phones, are developed by principals in consultation with their school communities."

News Corp Australia


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