Families afraid to be in public

Teen bullies scare kids, parents

CASES of teenage girls bullying and causing violence has left parents and children scared to be in public, a court has heard.

CASES of teenage girls bullying and causing violence has left parents and children scared to be in public, a court has heard.

Two mothers told a North East Children’s Court their daughters have been the victims of bullying over the last six months by girls aged between 13 and 16 years old that has included public harassment and Facebook threats.

They said the threats were so serious, they were frightened to go to the local shops or leave their house and one of the victims was forced to change schools.

The court granted the victims intervention orders against three teenagers, banning them from approaching the girls or writing anything about them on the internet.

Police told the court they were investigating the incidents and while no charges have been laid yet, they fear the violence could escalate.

One of the teenagers, a 14 year old, also appeared in court on a separate matter to plead guilty to an unprovoked attack on a woman walking to a pub at night.

The police prosecutor said the girl and two friends intentionally blocked the footpath, forcing the victim to brush past them.

“The accused then punched the victim to the right side of the face,” he said.

The court heard the 14 year old continued to hit her multiple times, causing bruising and swelling to both her eyes.

The defence solicitor admitted the charge of recklessly causing injury was “a nasty incident”.

“She’s certainly not proud of what she did.”

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