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School issue response to horrific online video and slam local Instagram account

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A Co Armagh school has issued a statement after a video showing one of its pupils viciously beaten on the ground by another was shared across social media.

St Ronan’s College in Lurgan issued the statement on Tuesday, with a spokesperson hitting out at those who shared the video online.

The College say they have reported an Instagram account, which shares video fights from across the north Armagh community, to police.

The statement from the school read: “On Wednesday, May 22 two of our Year 8 pupils were involved in an altercation.

“The incident was witnessed by staff who immediately intervened to break up the dispute.

“The matter has been fully investigated and is being dealt with in line with the College’s Positive Behaviour Policy.

“We can re-assure our Community that this type of behaviour is not acceptable in our College.

“We are very concerned footage of this incident was recorded and subsequently distributed via social media.

“Our students are instructed throughout the year on the appropriate use of mobile phones and social media.

“It is a matter of grave concern to us that adults are now sharing this footage. The College has reported the matter to the PSNI.

“We work closely with our parents and encourage them to contact us with any concerns regarding behaviour.

“Any instance of pupil indiscipline or bullying is dealt with immediately and in line with our Positive Behaviour Policy.

“As part of our investigation into this matter we became aware of an Instagram account used to share the video of fights in the wider community across Lurgan and Craigavon. The content of this account is very worrying.

“We have reported the account to the PSNI and local politicians in order to protect the wider public.

“We would remind parents to check their child’s phone regularly and ensure they are accessing only suitable material.

“We would like to thank those parents who contacted us when they became aware of the posts on social media. When we support one another as a community we can ensure the safety of all our pupils. Your co-operation allowed us to act swiftly and effectively.”

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