Cape Town – The principal of Ned Domain High School in Athlone is concerned about the “violent nature of a video allegedly showing a group of pupils from his school” beating up their schoolmate, said the provincial department of education on Tuesday. The school will deal with the matter in terms of their code of conduct, Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for provincial education department MEC Debbie Schäfer, said. SABC reported that the girl’s mother had on Friday laid criminal charges following the incident that took place last Wednesday. The pupil, 15, is in Grade 9, according to SABC. The school principal is aware of the incident, Shelver confirmed. “The incident did not take place on the school premises and the school, therefore, needs to rely on evidence and witnesses to come forward to inform the school of who was involved. It is not clear from the video who the perpetrators are,” Shelver said. In the video, the pupil can be seen holding her head while lying down on the road. A number of pupils kicked her a few times as she lied down. The school may apply a precautionary suspension to the victim, the perpetrator or both to allow for the matter to be dealt without intimidation or fear, said Shelver. “The school has a school counsellor and counselling will be provided as required. The school also has a participation and rehabilitation programme at the school to deal with behavioural issues,” said Venter. The principal also reportedly informed the victim’s family to lay criminal charges against the alleged perpetrator, added Venter. Police were not immediately available for comment.