A headteacher has excluded five pupils and is considering 'an even more serious consequence' for another after a 'horrific' assault on a schoolgirl in a park which was filmed.

Cumbria Police confirmed they were called to the area shortly after 3pm and said a 12-year-old girl sustained head injuries following an assault.

Miss Kennedy said 20 students were involved in the 'horrific incident' where the victim was 'manipulated by other students to go to the park' and then 'set upon by another girl and filmed'.

She acknowledged that while 'some were in the wrong place at the wrong time' there were a large number there 'because they wanted to be'.

Miss Kennedy said they have taken a 'hard line' because 'none of the students went for help, none of the students let us know'.

The statement read: "On Monday a horrific incident occurred at Vulcan’s Park involving 20 students, mostly from Year 8.

"Some were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but a large number were there because they wanted to be.

"Yesterday (Tuesday), a senior member of staff spent all day interviewing students to piece together the events.

"As a result, five students have been excluded and one will be considered for an even more serious consequence.

"Parents have been contacted and have been supportive.

"The victim of this incident was manipulated by other students to go to the park where she was set upon by another girl and filmed.

"A member of the public bravely intervened and comforted the victim. I have spoken to her and thanked her on behalf of the school.

"Young people will go with the crowd and not think of the consequences. Others will deliberately get involved. Some actively encourage this type of behaviour.

"Those that did this have been excluded. This is a school built on kindness and compassion, but none of the students went for help, none of the students let us know.

"That is why I have taken a hard line. Also, we were not surprised to learn that activity on social media over a weekend was at the beginning of this incident.

"Whilst social media is now part of everyday life, it can be very difficult for some students to deal with.

"That is why we do not have mobile phones in our school. I believe that is the right decision now and for the future. But we need parents to be vigilant.

"Children will misuse social media and your expectations of use need to be clear.

"I was also surprised that the students involved seemed not to know the current Government rule of six and the heavy fines involved when gathering together.

"I will tell all students today how angry and disappointed I am today and I will explain what has happened to the students involved. There are no excuses.

"We will always exclude any student who is violent and those that take part on the side lines, and we will always work with the police.

"Please ask your son or daughter to go straight home after school. No students should be gathering together. I know I can continue to count on your support."

Anyone with information should contact Cumbria police on 101 quoting incident number 129 of September 21.

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