Shocking video that led to Hull schoolboy's arrest over bus attack
A SCHOOLBOY has been arrested after a video of an assault on another pupil was posted on Facebook.
The 27-second clip shows a teenager from Winifred Holtby School repeatedly hitting another boy.
He lashes out six times with his fists and head-butts his victim twice.
The clip, taken on a school bus, has attracted hundreds of views, with nearly 200 people sharing it with their friends online.
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Other pupils have condemned the video, with nearly 700 people taking to Facebook to express their anger and sadness over the attack.
The boy being assaulted – who is said to suffer from learning difficulties – can clearly be heard repeating over and over again that he does not want an argument.
He does not fight back at any point on the video.
One comment says: "I'm utterly disgusted that someone could do that to anyone. It's one thing getting into a fight but when they clearly say they don't want one."
Another say: "That poor lad wanted no trouble bless him."
And another adds: "Silly little boy will regret that when he's washing the other kid's cars for a living."
Some posts suggest the aggressor could now be assaulted himself because so many people are angered by the clip.
Viewers also express their anger at the person who recorded the clip, which shows the attacker eventually being pulled away by another pupil.
Humberside Police acted immediately after being made aware of the video, with officers going to the Midmere Avenue school, in Bransholme, to arrest a 14-year-old boy.
They have since interviewed him and say the matter is in their hands.
Mike Birkenshaw, deputy head for community at Winifred Holtby, said: "The school is aware of the video material and we are liaising with the appropriate authorities in dealing with this extremely unpleasant incident.
"While we will not specifically discuss this case, we do not and we will not tolerate the behaviour shown.
"The school's behaviour policy clearly states our expectations for our students.
"We will do everything we can by using the school powers that are available to us to uphold not only the reputation of the school but our local community as well."
The video shows what is commonly known as a "happy slap" attack. It is a form of bullying where people are attacked and it is filmed on a mobile phone camera.
Attackers often share the videos with their friends.
Anti-bullying charity Kidscape advises anyone who is attacked in this way to report it to a teacher or adult immediately.
Those who see it happening are also advised to tell someone as soon as possible, such as a teacher, parent or the police.
Any footage found on mobiles could be used as evidence of the attacks.
Sue Yardley, senior education officer for behaviour and attendance at Hull City Council. said: "This behaviour is absolutely unacceptable.
"Schools have the power to discipline actions such as this, even when it occurs outside of school, in accordance with their discipline policy.
"The council, along with its partners, works with all schools to help ensure safety for pupils both in and outside of school, as well as working with them regarding their bullying policies, social media policies and E-safety to help protect children and young people wherever possible."