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Disturbing moment schoolgirl repeatedly punched and kicked in the head

Disturbing moment Scottish schoolgirl is repeatedly punched and kicked in the head by fellow pupil in the middle of a busy classroom – as furious politicians urge Nicola Sturgeon to crack down on ‘increasing violence’ in schools

  • Incident took place in front of pupils at the Waid Academy in Anstruther, Fife
  • Footage shows girl striding towards fellow pupil before dragging her to the floor
  • The 15-second video also shows the girl twice kick the pupil in the head 
  • Clip has been shared widely and was subject of question in Holyrood yesterday

This is the disturbing moment a Scottish schoolgirl is repeatedly punched and kicked in the head in the middle of a classroom.

The brutal incident took place in front of horrified pupils at the Waid Academy in Anstruther, a coastal town in Fife, on Monday.

Footage shows a girl leaving her seat and striding towards a fellow pupil before dragging her to the floor.

The girl is then seen holding the pupil’s head to the floor with one arm while punching her with the other.

A 15-second video, shared widely on social media, shows a disturbing fight at the Waid Academy in Faith

The 15-second video also shows the girl, standing over the pupil, twice kick her in the head – leaving the girl cradling her face.

But the girl’s parents told The Courier that their daughter had snapped after being victim to months of bullying which was not tackled by the school and instead allowed to escalate. 

Meanwhile, footage of the incident has been shared widely on social media and was the subject of a question to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Holyrood yesterday.

Willie Renny, Lib Dem MSP for North East Fife, said: ‘Last evening, I watched a social media video of one female pupil attacking another at Waid Academy in my constituency. 

‘To be frank, I wish I hadn’t, I can’t get it out of my head.

“It was an ugly scene. Earlier this year, Heather Hughes, the then-President of the EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland), warned about increasing violence in our schools. 

‘I’m supporting staff, the council and the school locally, but what action is the government taking across the country?’

Ms Sturgeon replied: ‘I’ve not seen the video that he raises, though I will watch it if it is available because I think it is important that we have a full understanding of issues like this.

‘Violence is never acceptable and the safety of pupils and staff is paramount.

‘Obviously I can’t comment further today on the specifics of the case at Waid Academy but I am very clear that violence towards anyone is unacceptable.

‘I asked the Education Secretary to meet with the Cosla (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) spokesperson for Children and Young People to discuss what further support to local authorities is required and what further support we can provide.”

The girl strides towards her fellow pupil before dragging her to the floor of the classroom by her hood

The pupil is seen sprawled on the floor trying to cover her head as she is repeatedly punched and kicked

She added: ‘We will continue to consider fully what additional steps we can take to support councils in making it very clear that violence is unacceptable and taking action to support children, young people and teachers who may face such violence.’

Following the session, former Fife councillor Linda Holt shared the footage on Twitter, writing: ‘Thank you Willie Rennie for raising the horrific violence seen at recently at #FMQs.

The 15-second video, shared widely on social media, shows a disturbing fight at the Waid Academy in Faith

‘Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted to see the video. Here it is.’

In a later tweet, she added: ‘Point is that this is not an isolated incident, even if it is very extreme. 

‘There is a culture of bullying, and yes, violence, in many of our schools.’

Wendy Chamberlain, MP for North East Fife, also released a joint statement with Mr Rennie and local councillors Fiona Corps and Sean Dillon.

They said: ‘Violence in any environment is distressing and ugly but in a place where minds should be focused on improvement and learning it is deeply alarming. 

‘We have heard directly from parents about their concerns about behaviour especially in recent weeks.

‘We have been corresponding with the local authority and the school to be assured that the school leaders are taking all the appropriate steps to deescalate the situation and also to provide our support. 

‘We will have further meetings over the next few days but also months as this requires a long term focus.

‘Young people deserve the best educational environment free from fear of violence and we will do everything we can to ensure Waid Academy is that kind of environment.’

Police are understood to be in contact with the school and are investigating two incidents.

The school’s head teacher has written to parents following the incident.

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