© — Courtesy of the RCMP
A disturbing example of group violence has come to light at a school in Blaketown, near Whitbourne, Newfoundland and Labrador.
A 13-year-old girl was beaten by two other girls near Crescent Collegiate school in Blaketown as some of their classmates watched and recorded the violence.
The victim was taken to Whitbourne Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released.
Her alleged attackers, a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old, were detained by police and have been charged with assault causing bodily harm. They were released into their parent’s custody on the condition that they stay away from the victim. They’ve been given a court date, in Harbour Grace, for sometime in December.
A police report of the incident was released to the media over the weekend.
According to RCMP, Placentia/Whitbourne detachment, the two alleged aggressors in this attack picked a fight with the victim. It escalated to the point where the victim was knocked into a ditch and was punched repeatedly by her attackers.
As this was happening, a group of about 12 other students gathered to watch, and many recorded the incident on their cell phones.
The fight didn’t stop until a local resident noticed what was happening and intervened.
Contacted by The Telegram over the weekend, RCMP stated that further charges could be brought against some of the spectators to the violence.
Police have recovered two video recordings of the attack and could use those to identify more suspects.
Some of the spectators were allegedly encouraging the fight and advising the girls how to make fists.
The investigation into this attack is ongoing.