School takes ‘immediate action’ following assaults

By Riverine Herald

POLICE are investigating two assaults involving Echuca College students in two days.

Senior Constable James Scambler of Echuca Criminal Investigation Unit said the first alleged assault was between two teenage boys at the drinks station on Thursday.

He said a 14-year-old allegedly pulled a 15-year-old boy by the hair before punching him in the face.

‘‘The victim had abrasions to his face and was distressed,’’ he said.

‘‘He came into the police station with his mother.’’

Snr Constable Scambler said police had not yet spoken to the alleged offender.

The following day, a fight occurred out the front of the college about 3.45pm.

‘‘A 13-year-old girl from St Joseph’s College had been dropped off at the bus stop and was walking home when three girls came up from behind,’’ Snr Constable Scambler said.

He said a 13-year-old college student allegedly pushed the victim to the ground and pulled her hair before being interrupted by a teacher.

‘‘The victim says she could see the other two girls filming the assault,’’ he said.

‘‘The victim had no visible injuries.

‘‘She’s okay but obviously upset.’’

Snr Constable Scambler said the girls did not know each other.

He said police interviewed the college student later that day and released her pending summons.

Echuca College principal Simon Wood said the school was aware of the incidents.

‘‘We took immediate action with the students involved and have made it clear that violent behaviour is entirely unacceptable,’’ he said.

‘‘While incidents of this kind are very disappointing, they do not reflect the behaviour of the overwhelming majority of our students who uphold Echuca College’s values of respect and contribute to our school’s welcoming, safe and positive culture.’’

A Victorian Education Department spokesperson said there was no place for violent, aggressive or bullying behaviour in schools.

‘‘The department has introduced a number of programs to encourage respectful, positive behaviour in schools and to support those who experience bullying or violence,’’ he said.

‘‘Incidents of violence and aggressive behaviour remain rare in Victoria’s more than 1500 government schools.’’