A schoolgirl was the victim of a brutal attack at a country park – which she then later found out had been filmed and posted to Facebook.
13 year-old Scarlett Anderson was at Summerhill country park in Hartlepool with some friends when an argument escalated into a fight.
Scarlett, who is a pupil at the English Martyrs School in Hartlepool was knocked to the ground and then kicked until she was unconscious before a teenage boy was able to pull her away from the attacking gang.
Scarlett’s friends took her home and her mother rushed her to A&E at University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton and after medical treatment, she was discharged in the early hours of Sunday morning.
However, Scarlett’s family was left reeling when she received a text later that day to say the savage incident was being shared on Facebook as she had not known a member of the gang was filming the whole thing. Some Facebook users made humorous comments and treated the video as a joke.
Scarlett’s mother, Beverley Castle, is disgusted by the video: “I’m disgusted that there has been a fight, and disgusted that someone decided to stand back and video it all for Facebook. It’s just unbelievable. I’ve not seen the video, I don’t want to see it. It would devastate me to see my daughter being savagely attacked like that. But having spoken to people who have watched it, these people have behaved like animals.
“When she came home she was covered in mud and bruises, she was in a right state. We ended up at North Tees until 3am getting her checked out. People were apparantly shouting at her to get up, that she wasn’t dead, then they comment that someone needs to dig her a grave and bury her. I saw the comments on Facebook on Sunday morning. One girl put a link to the video and added ‘haha’. I can’t believe people are bragging about this. It is just shocking. I know some of the kids who have been up there, they’re from good homes and this behaviour has shocked me.”
Facebook has since removed the video and police, who are understood to have a copy of the footage, have interviewed Scarlett and are investigating the assault. A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “We received a report of an assault on Saturday night, and have launched an investigation.”
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 101 or alternatively, Crimestoppers can by contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.