ONLINE VIOLENCE: A woman attempts to intervene in a fight between two Harristown State High School students while other students jeer and shout racial abuse.
ONLINE VIOLENCE: A woman attempts to intervene in a fight between two Harristown State High School students while other students jeer and shout racial abuse. Youtube

Swift action on fight video

A VIDEO posted online of two Harristown State High School students fighting outside the school was pulled by the Department of Education yesterday.

The graphic video, which went live on YouTube last Thursday, captured two male students dressed in school uniform trading punches and kicks. It appears to have been shot by another student.

A woman attempted to intervene in the fight but was unable to halt the violence.

Students could be heard shouting racist abuse at one of the students involved and encouraging the other to "hit him".

A Department of Education spokesman said once notified the department took "immediate action" to remove the video from YouTube.

The spokesman said there was no place for violence or fighting in any Queensland state school. "The glorification of violence through video postings on the internet is equally abhorrent."

It was confirmed Harristown State High School was investigating the altercation and would take strong disciplinary action against those involved, including those responsible for uploading the video to YouTube.

The department spokesman said racism was not an issue at the school.

"The school does not have a culture of violence nor does experience any racial tensions."

University of Southern Queensland manager (counselling and health student services) Dr Nancy Hoare commended the decision of the Department of Education to have the video taken offline.

Dr Hoare said there was the potential people would attempt to copy the actions witnessed in online videos, particularly those that went viral.

"We are very social creatures," she said.

"Often, if someone can relate to what they're seeing, there is every chance they will try and emulate it."


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