Two teens held for vicious beating

Local | Staff reporter 6 May 2021

Two female secondary school students were arrested yesterday in connection with the slapping and kicking of a 14-year-old schoolmate more than 30 times in an incident that was captured on video and which went viral on Tuesday.

A 13-year-old secondary two student was arrested in Yuen Long yesterday, while a 14-year-old secondary three student turned herself in at Yuen Long police station accompanied by her parents.

They allegedly attacked the secondary three student in March, assistant Yuen Long district commander Auyeung Siu Kong said yesterday.

All three studied in the same Tin Shui Wai school.

A six-minute video that circulated on Facebook showed two girls taking turns to brutally attack the victim, slapping her in the face and the head some 30 times until she knelt on the ground.

They then kicked her in the back and stomach more than 10 times.

The teenage victim did not resist at all during the assault.

From the dialogue in the video, the two attackers called the victim "Sister Tofu."

They accused her of not having their back in times of trouble, saying she was not a faithful friend of theirs.

The girl was also ordered to kneel down and apologize.

When she tried to explain herself, she was beaten and kicked again.

A bystander and another person at the scene filmed the attack.

As the video circulated online yesterday, teachers from their school recognized the three and reported the incident to the police.

Auyeung said under police caution, the two teenage girls admitted to being the attackers in the video. They had a quarrel with the victim after suspecting the teen to be badmouthing them.

There was no evidence that the case has anything to do with triads.

Auyeung emphasized no violence would be tolerated, and any report of such cases will be handled seriously.

Although the assailants and the victim are both secondary school students, a lot of violence was inflicted. Being young in no way excuses the crime, he said.

The three students involved will be referred to government departments for counseling.

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