This was an awful incident, made worse by the fact that it was one of the attackers that posted the footage online. At least the police reaction gives us some hope that such conduct will not be tolerated:
Victorian police have charged a 15-year-old Ballarat boy after a video emerged online showing him bullying another boy.
The video was posted on Facebook last week and showed the teenager and several others threaten to stab the boy if he did not hand over his jacket.
Detectives said the teenager was charged on Monday morning with one count of assault with intent to rob.
He was bailed to appear at a children’s court.
Former police officer and cyber bullying expert n Susan McLean said the video was “distressing” to watch.
“The young victim was clearly petrified and the boys just kept going and going and going,” she said.
“I think as a society we need to say ‘well no, this is not a part of growing up, this is not character building, it’s wrong, it’s criminal and it needs to be dealt with’.”
She said people needed to be encouraged to report bullying.
“This young boy didn’t even go home and tell. This all came to light because it was posted online. So we’ve got to encourage a culture of telling, telling an adult,” Ms McLean said.
The video had been viewed online more than 300,000 times.
Police said their investigation was ongoing.
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