Four held over bullying caught on video

Local | Maisy Mok 10 Jun 2021

Maisy Mok

Four students have been arrested at a school in connection with a bullying case at Caritas St Joseph Secondary School in Tsing Yi.

The arrests came after an eight-second clip surfaced on social media showing a male student being slapped by at least two female students in a classroom.

The victim appears to beg for mercy in the footage by kneeling on the floor and holding his palms together.

The school said yesterday it had discovered the video on social media on Thursday and assisted the victim's parents in reporting the incident to the police.

A police spokesman said four students - a boy and three girls aged between 14 and 15 - were arrested between Saturday and Monday for common assault.

The case involved a 13-year-old boy being allegedly attacked by someone on May 27 in a Tsing Yi school.

The teenager suffered minor facial injuries, but refused treatment at hospital. The case is being investigated by a district investigation team in Kwai Tsing.

According to sources, the boy is a secondary one student with special education needs. The arrested students are secondary one and two students from the school, with two of them female students studying in the same class as the boy.

A police spokesman said the four arrested were released on bail pending inquiries and are required to report back to the police this month.

In the video, a female student with long hair appeared to slap the 13-year-old's face, which was followed by another female student slapping him.

The clip also showed the victim being kicked by another student and putting his palms together and bowing to other students, as well as kneeling on the floor to plead for mercy.

The school said it is "extremely concerned about the incident and does not tolerate any form of bullying."

It added that the school has been in contact with the parents and police, and has also arranged for a social worker to follow up on the student.

In another school bullying case that occurred in November, four girls aged between 13 and 15 were arrested for bullying a 13-year-old schoolmate after she refused to lend money to one of them. They are all students attending SKH All Saints' Middle School in Mong Kok.

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