A MOTHER whose daughter was filmed being punched has called for harsher penalties for people who post videos of school fights on social media.
Selina, whose 13-year-old daughter Lara was in a fight with another student as she left Darling Range Sports College on Thursday, spoke out after a video of the fight created a Facebook storm.
In the video, a group of teenagers surrounds another student as she pushes Lara to the ground. Lara attempts to fight back, but falls to the pavement and is hit repeatedly.
Rosie, whose 13-year-old daughter Elli was with Lara as the fight started, questioned why the person who uploaded the video had not been punished.
“What are the authorities going to do about videos about kids being physically harmed and put out on social media,” Rosie said.
“What is the penalty for that? There is none, so the victim has no protection.
“Where do we go for help? Do we have to wait for a child to go to hospital or wait for a fatality or a suicide? This is why we’re speaking out, because we don’t know where to turn.
“The authorities, the police, the Education Department, should be working together with us to put a stop to this and have some serious penalties in place.”
Selina said the shocking videos of school fights as a “sick form of entertainment”.
“Any parent that has to hear, let alone witness, that their child has gone through that at school, you feel hopeless,” Selina said.
“I felt extremely upset to watch her in that video and I couldn’t be there to protect her or to stop it from happening.
“I always told her to be friendly and smile, even if someone treats you poorly. Everyone is going through something, but seeing that it’s not something any mum wants to go through.”
Lara said she did not know if she wanted to return to the school.
“They followed us and because they had to catch a bus they tried to do it quickly,” she said.
“They got one of the girls to stand in front of me to stop me and then they grabbed my arms.
“I just felt helpless. I just don’t understand why they’d do it and why they picked us.”
Selina said the school was understaffed and under resourced.
An Education Department spokeswoman said the incident occurred after school hours and away from the school.
“The vast majority of students at the school are well-behaved and do the right thing,” she said.
“The school has a range of processes and practices in place to support students to manage their behaviour.”
“Parents are encouraged reinforce positive behaviour messages at home.”
A WA Police spokesman said Forrestfield police were investigating and the school had suspended a student.