Girl,14, beaten up at school

2010-02-24 00:00

AN assault case has been opened against the wife of a police captain at the Hilton police station, her grade nine daughter and relatives, who allegedly beat up a 14-year-old schoolgirl on Monday inside school premises.

It is alleged that the captain, whose name is known to The Witness, caused such a ruckus over the matter at Mountain Rise police station that he nearly came to blows with the police officer who was trying to take the statement.

The slightly built Raisethorpe Secondary teen, who was visited by The Witness at her Northdale home yesterday, said that she was slapped, yanked by the hair and kicked to the ground as she was preparing to head home with her cousin after school.

The girl had scratches on her arms and, according to her mother, she was due to have an X-ray that afternoon after two doctors had both warned it was needed because of swelling on the one side of her head.

The girl told The Witness that she was delayed from going home after school finished because she had to go to the offices to sign a document. That’s

When she left for home, the captain’s daughter, who is also 14 years old, allegedly walked up to her and pulled her by the collar.

The girl alleges four other women, whom the police have confirmed to be in their 30s, joined in the assault. “They were big women and they were really wild. They were hitting me on the head and kicking me.”

She claims the women smelt of alcohol. “They were screaming and were really aggressive. They kept saying that we must not mess with her [the captain’s daughter] because she has a lot of connections,” added the girl.

The Witness has learnt from a source that the police captain’s daughter has a record of bunking school.

She allegedly received a thrashing from her father for this and was eventually sent to a safe house to help straighten her out.

It is alleged that she started blaming her “bunkings” on the other girl, whom she claimed to be troubling her.

The girl said the women made it clear that they intended to target her and her group of friends.

Even after she had been rescued, she claims, the women shouted at her, saying they were not done with her yet. “They told me we must enjoy the last bit of our lives.”

One parent claims his son witnessed the whole incident and saw the girl being dragged, punched and kicked. He said other witnesses claimed the school’s security did nothing to help the girl.

Parents have called for the school to comment on what measures are in place to protect their children.

The girl’s grandmother questioned why any sane parent would not approach the school or her granddaughter’s parents if there was a problem.

The girl’s mother, who could not be named as it would identify the girl, said she is worried about sending her daughter back to school. “I really feel bad because we send our children to school and we think they are safe.

“If this was a fight among the children I would have understood,” she said. “But when big, grown-up women carry on like that and act like animals it’s unacceptable.”

School management told The Witness that they are investigating the matter.

The accused are said to have appeared in court, but this could not be verified. Police said departmental action will be taken against the police captain if he is found to have acted inappropriately.

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