Brawl breaks out at Berwick school

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By Mitchell Clarke

A teacher has been attacked during a mass brawl at Berwick College which broke out between 20 students and forced the school into lockdown.

Police were called to the Manuka Road campus on Tuesday 20 August, about 1.30pm where three boys aged between 14 and 16 years old were arrested in relation to the incident.

A member of the staff was assaulted and received minor injuries as they attempted to break up the fight. A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital with minor injuries but has since been discharged.

The staff member injured is believed to have been a deputy principal who was allegedly rammed into a wall and punched in the stomach by a year eight student, as reported by the Herald Sun.

The nature of this particular brawl is yet to be confirmed, with the Department of Education yet to answer our questions about the motive of the fight and whether it involved students who were currently suspended or expelled.

It’s also not known whether this fight is linked to another alleged “violent incident” occurring at the same school last week.

Berwick College principal Kerri Bolch confirmed an altercation between students took place on Tuesday and prompted the school to enact their lockdown procedure.

“We do not tolerate this type of behaviour at our school and it does not reflect the values of the overwhelming majority of our students,” Ms Bolch said.

“This matter has been reported to Victoria Police and we will assist them with their inquiries.

“We will investigate this matter thoroughly and take any appropriate action.”

Footage has surfaced on social media which shows a number of students being forced to hide under their desks as the brawl took place.

The three boys arrested in relation to the brawl have all been released pending summons.

The investigation remains ongoing.

 

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