Mum of schoolgirl attacked on viral video in Washington park calls for action over 'brutal' beating
The mother of a girl who was attacked on camera in a Washington park has said she is pleased the video of the incident was shared widely on social media.
The year 7 schoolgirl was in Princess Anne Park in Washington at the weekend when a disturbance broke out involving a group of boys and girls believed to be in year 9.
Police are now investigating the incident as an assault on Sunday after videos of the were shared on Snapchat and then Facebook.
The mum of the girl who was attacked said she is pleased the video was shared, so that people can see who the attackers were.
The schoolgirl had to be checked over at hospital after suffering from suspected concussion in the attack, and she is still suffering from headaches days on from Sunday afternoon’s assault.
The family – who do not wish to be named in order to protect their daughter’s identity - say the attack was unprovoked and the schoolgirl was kicked and punched a number of times after she was pulled to the floor after a confrontation over her appearance.
The attack happened as the girl was on the phone to her father, who remained on the line throughout after she told him she was worried about what was going to happen as the group approached her.
The mum said: "What happened was not a fight, not by my daughter in any way.
"I’m pleased they videoed it because it shows how absolutely vile it was, people need to know and they can see what happened.
"This involved total strangers, she’s not even from that area.”
The attack was stopped when a woman who was in the park with a toddler intervened. The victim’s family have since sent her flowers to say thank you
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We are investigating an alleged assault that happened on the afternoon of Sunday, July 5, in the Princess Anne Park, Washington, involving a number of schoolgirls.
“Inquiries are ongoing.
"Anyone with information is asked to use the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or call 101 quoting log 865 050720.”