Police today chastised students who opted not to intervene or call for help this week as a bullying incident was filmed at a Canterbury school.
Two students at Darfield High School are expected to appear before the school board today after school officials reviewed the video, which emerged yesterday on social media. In it, a boy lay on the ground as two others kicked and pummelled him.
"Police are particularly concerned that other students who saw what was happening, didn't intervene or get help from a teacher," Senior Sergeant Kelly Larsen said in a statement released to 1 NEWS. "Instead, they watched and took videos."
Darfield principal James Morris has described the incident as assault.
Police said they were alerted about the incident Tuesday afternoon, shortly after it happened.
"Bullying behaviour is not OK and has serious consequences," police said. "Rather than being a bystander, Police encourage anyone who witnesses an assault, or knows about other bullying behaviour to become someone who stands up against bullying, and does something about it.
"Bullying is wrong. We all have a responsibility to do something to stop it."
An outcome of the school board hearing is expected on Monday.