Assault on Barnstaple schoolgirl was filmed on mobile phone
A 15-year-old schoolgirl was punched and threatened with a knife in a so-called happy slapping attack at Pilton Community College yesterday (Thursday). The lunch-time assault, filmed on a mobile phone camera, happened outside the school grounds in Abbey
A 15-year-old schoolgirl was punched and threatened with a knife in a so-called "happy slapping" attack at Pilton Community College yesterday (Thursday).
The lunch-time assault, filmed on a mobile phone camera, happened outside the school grounds in Abbey Road on the day pupils returned to school after their six-week summer break.
"The victim was punched by two girls and had a knife waved in front of her," said Sgt Paul Jones. "While only two girls physically participated in the assault, she was surrounded by a group of girls, all from the same school.
"We’d like to reassure parents that although these kind of attacks are extremely rare in Barnstaple, they will not be tolerated.
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"Thankfully, this is a one-off incident but police are working with the school to take a firm stance on the matter.
"Our youth intervention officers will be visiting schools in the area to meet with pupils and talk to them about the consequences of knife crime," added Sgt Jones.
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Mark Juby, head teacher at Pilton Community College, said: "The school is presently considering the future education of both students and neither is currently attending school pending our investigations.
"We as a school take this type of behaviour very seriously. It will not be tolerated even though this incident occurred away from the school site.
"We would like to thank police and members of the public for their prompt actions in coming to the aid of the victim."
A 14 and 15-year-old girl were interviewed in connection with the incident at Barnstaple Police Station last night. They have both been released on police bail to return to the station on October 30.