‘Get that angle, f*ck yeah’: Disturbing videos of public bashings emerge

A group stomps on a girl in Bakery Hill McDonald’s.WARNING: Disturbing content
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Cyber bullying experts and parentsare calling forpolice to lay charges after disturbing videos were circulated of public bashings targeting schoolgirls in Ballarat’s Little Bridge Street precinct this week.

Up to five Snapchat videos obtained byThe Couriershow girls being set uponin the car park, bus stop and Bakery Hill McDonald’s as other teens watch on.

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One Snapchat video captioned”you had it coming”shows a girl assaulting another girl at the bus stop as boys encourage her and taunt the victim.

“Get that angle, f*ck yeah,” one boy says while someone films the bashing on a mobile phone.

A girl is kicked in the face.

Michael Carr-Gregg, one of the ’stop child and adolescent psychologists, said it was against the law to film and circulate footage of bashings under the charge of using a carriage service to menace, harass orcause offence.

“What we need to do is get the police to charge,” he said.

“We tend to see a reticence from police to criminalise young people, which I understand,but we’ve also got to send a clear message.”

A fight in the Little Bridge Street car park.

Mr Carr-Gregg also said the filming of assaults could worsen the trauma of victims.

“You’ve got digital humiliation over and over again, it’s repeated and we know this can impact on children adversely,” he said.

“We’re talking about anxiety, depression, self harm and, in some cases, suicidal ideation.”

The assault of a girl in Bakery Hill McDonald’s was also captured on video, showing her being stomped on after falling to the ground.

Little Bridge Street’s bus stop.

“Every time my daughter closes her eyes and tries to sleep the bashing plays over in her mind, having people laughing at the situation,” the mother of the victim of the McDonald’s assaulttoldThe Courier.

“It’s devastating hearing my daughter being beaten (on the video).

“It’s hard to see, it brought me to tears after one of my daughter’s friends found it and sent it to her.”

In another video, a girl sits against a brick wall before being kicked in the face by another girl as onlookers point and laugh.

“That was f*cking hectic,” one boy is heard saying as he watches on.

Natalie, whose daughter was left bleeding after being kicked in the face and assaulted on a bus inLittle Bridge Street last week, said the bashings and filming of the abuse must stop.

“I feel like the filming encourages it, they’re all in on it,” she said. “This can make kids take their own lives.

“It’s not ok for people to behave like that, there’s old people and little kids around Little Bridge Street a lot and they’re subjected to that.

“People should feel safe when they’re taking the bus.”

Police said on Wednesday investigators were in the process of reviewing CCTV footage of when Natalie’s daughter was attacked.

They urged anyonewho may have mobile phone footage of the incident on the busto come forward.

The vice principal of a Ballarat high school said he was aware of the assault last week.

Cyber safetyexpert Susan McLean said responsibility fell not only on police but also on Ballarat’sschools to help stop the fights.

“This is not bullying -this is criminal -full stop,” she said.

“None of this is going to stop unless girls are arrested and charged.

“If the schools are aware of it, why aren’t they doing anything about it?

“What (the offenders) need to be aware of is that the filming, uploading and sharing can get them into trouble and it is adding to the hurt.

“It’s a really sad reflection on society when someone would stand and film that rather than trying to break it up.”

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.Ballarat Courier

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