'Waterboard' Bully Culprit Expected To Face Court Over Syrian Refugee Attack
Disturbing footage of a British student allegedly attacking a refugee has gone viral. It's part of a trend of vicious school yard attacks leaving a digital footprint.
The victim, a 15 -year-old refugee known as Jamal, can be seen being grabbed by the throat before being thrown to the floor and having a bottle of water poured into his eyes and mouth.
The schoolyard attack was filmed and has been distributed widely.
West Yorkshire police confirmed they have interviewed a 16-year-old boy in connection with the alleged "racially aggravated assault", although a court date is yet to be set.
Stories like this are increasingly making headlines in Australia too -- as the more students are armed with smartphones to film bullying footage.
In May, an autistic boy was brutally attacked with a spanner by a group of Melbourne high school students. Pictures of this attack also went far and wide.
Quantifying how often bullying and school yard fights are filmed is difficult. However there's no doubt that student access to smartphones has risen sharply.
While the filming and posting of such incidents can be horrifying to witness, it has led to more awareness of the issue Andre Carvalho, CEO of Bully Zero Australia told 10 Daily.
"I don't think there's necesarilly a decline or an increase (in bullying), but I think there's certainly much more awareness."
Filming the attack may do more harm than good for those who suffer from this sort of abuse according to Katie Barry, the impact producer for the Bully Project Australia.
“If something like that goes around, those kids in that film will be forever known in that way...it's a behaviour it's not necessarily who they are."
New regulations to be introduced in West Australians schools next year will see students who assault other children or film fights face automatic suspension.
Carvolho said more needs to be done to educate both parents and children about this sort of abuse.
“I think certainly Australia can be doing more in terms of funding resources, funding education for children and parents on, A, how to identify a bully and ,B, how to prevent it.”
Around 100,000 kids a day don't go to school because of bullying and he believes they aren't the only ones losing their education.
"There are many, many more thousands that do go into school who are not able to concentrate, they're not able to focus because they're worried about when they're next going to encounter the bullies."
One in four children between years four and nine in Australia suffer from bullying according to the government's anti bullying website Bullying. No Way!
The bullying often doesn't come from just one party either.
However, it's also vital that the bullies receive help too as they themselves are often vulnerable too, Professor Sharyn Burns of Curtin University told 10 Daily.
"Often they may need some help themselves to deal with the reasons that they're bullying."
As for how to how to cope though, professor Burns says there's nothing better than a good mate.
"Having a good friend group is one of the best protecting factors."
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