Teenager needs hospital treatment after school attack

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A 14-YEAR-OLD girl was left needing hospital treatment after being attacked by two fellow pupils at school.

Police are investigating allegations that the teenager was dragged to the ground by her hair and repeatedly kicked in the vicious assault at Priory School in Fawcett Road, Southsea.

The teenager, who is in year 10, eventually managed to escape and fled the school, but collapsed in the street nearby.

The girl, who doesn’t want to be named, told The News: ‘She pulled my hair from the back and was kicking me.

‘She dragged me to the floor. It felt like it was going on for ages and nothing was happening to stop it.

‘I was trying to push her away. I couldn’t do anything.

‘Someone managed to get them off me. I didn’t stop. I just ran.

‘I remember getting out of the school and I remember being on the floor outside the school.’

The girl’s mobile phone, keys and other belongings were also stolen from her school bag.

Two students who were passing nearby in a car rushed to her aid.

The police were alerted and the girl’s parents later took her to St Mary’s Community Health Campus in Milton.

She was referred to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham and kept in overnight with suspected internal bleeding, bruising and a suspected bleed to her brain.

Her parents are now considering removing her from Priory School permanently.

The teenager was on her way to report threats and abuse by one of the girls who assaulted her when the attack happened at about 1pm on Monday.

She had earlier reported experiencing problems with the girl, who is also in year 10.

Her mum said: ‘I think what’s gone on is absolutely disgusting.

‘Our daughter has been seriously assaulted, she’s then left school property, and not once has the school told us about this.

‘You send your kids to school thinking they are going to be safe, that things will be dealt with appropriately.

‘Why was this girl able to do this?’

Priory School headteacher James Humphries said: ‘Priory School considers the safety and wellbeing of its pupils to be its most important responsibility. I cannot comment on individual cases. Incidents of this nature are exceptionally unusual at this school.

‘I have taken firm disciplinary action and I am investigating further.

‘My staff have been in daily contact with all the families concerned.’

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘Police can confirm they are investigating an allegation of an assault on a teenage girl at Priory School, Fawcett Road, Southsea on May 21.’

Anyone with information should call Fratton station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.