A HORRIFIC video of a schoolboy being punched, kicked in the head and stamped on by other pupils has gone viral, The Sun reports. The 16-year-old was left needing hospital treatment after he was violently assaulted by three other boys on a public footpath as others watched on. The pixelated footage, filmed on a mobile phone, has circulated among pupils across several schools in the area on social media apps including WhatsApp and Snapchat.
The clip begins with the victim raising his fists in defence as he squares up to another boy, as other pupils begin to surround him. He can be heard saying: “Step away, this is not your fight”, before another lad walks up behind him and punches him in the back of the head.
Three lads then set upon him, punching him, kicking him in the head and even stamping on his face as the victim is wrestled to the ground. A lad in an orange top then holds him to the ground while another continues to kick him in the face and somebody screams: “F***ing look at me.”
The victim is heard shouting: “Get off me”, before the fight ends and he picks himself up. He was later taken to hospital with cuts and bruises. The three attackers, all aged 15, have been suspended from Imberhorne School in East Grinstead, West Sussex. It is believed the footage has spread to schools across East Grinstead, with pupils at a school outside the area even creating a parody video, which is also circulating.
Imberhorne headteacher Martin Brown blasted the “unpleasant assault”. He said: “I am aware that some Imberhorne students were involved with an incident on the Worth Way last week. “This incident culminated in an unpleasant assault on an individual student.
“We do not tolerate physical violence of any sort and such behaviour will always result in exclusion from school. “Even though this incident took place well away from the school site and happened after school hours, as the students travelled home, we still treat such behaviour in the same way. “The students involved were given significant exclusions from school and have been spoken to with their parents.
“They have no history of violence of any kind at school and were extremely remorseful. “It is clear that all concerned were quite shaken by what took place and now wish to move on, recognising how poorly they have behaved.
“Whilst parents and staff are appalled by this incident we also know how important it is to appropriately rehabilitate students, helping them manage their behaviour in the future.” Sussex Police said they were aware of the attack and confirmed a 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital.
A spokesman said: “We are investigating and have seen the video that was taken of the incident. “No arrests have been made at this stage.”