Talk to your children about bullying, says teenager’s mum
A MUM has explained why she posted videos online of her teenage daughter being dragged to the ground and attacked.
Kim Nicoll says she wants to make other parents more aware of anti-social behaviour after her daughter Chloe was punched and kicked by two other girls near the Bristol and Bath Science Park.
Kim said she had received heartbreaking messages from bullying victims after sharing the videos on Facebook.
Chloe, 14, was visiting Lyde Green with a friend when the incident happened.
Kim says Chloe and her friend had met another girl at the park when she attracted the unwanted attention of a larger group of youths. She said Chloe was attacked and, despite trying to get away from the area, she was followed and attacked again on a path near the Science Park.
Chloe suffered two large scratches on her face and was left bleeding after the incident.
Both attacks were filmed on a mobile phone and uploaded to the social media network Snapchat. As Chloe did not know who had attacked her, Kim decided to post the videos on her Facebook page, to see if anyone recognised who had punched and kicked her daughter.
Kim said: “Chloe text me to say she was coming home and that she had something to tell me. When she got home I took one look at her and knew that something bad had happened.
“After Chloe told me what had happened and had shown me the video footage, I rang the police. However, Chloe didn’t know the names of the two girls who had attacked her, and so I made the decision to upload the footage to Facebook to see if anyone recognised them so we at least had some more information to give them. I only have a few friends on Facebook so I didn’t think many people would see it, but as soon as I made it public it went viral.”
Kim said she was inundated with messages, with some people saying they were in tears watching the video.
Police took a statement from Chloe and have also questioned two 13-year-old girls about the incident.
Kim said that despite her injuries, Chipping Sodbury School pupil Chloe is doing well after the incident.
She said: “It has definitely made her a stronger person. She was nervous about going back to school but it was fine, as she’s made of strong stuff.
Chloe has also started attending self-defence classes at the Pit Gym, in Warmley, after owner Mark Skidmore offered her free lifetime membership.
Kim, who lives in Yate, hopes that parents who have seen the video on Facebook will use it as an opportunity to speak to their children about bullying and anti-social behaviour.
She said: “I don’t think a lot of parents realise what their kids are doing when they are out and about. I hope that someone will watch it and sit down with their child and explain that if they saw something like this happen, they should not stand back and watch but go and get some help instead.
“There was a massive crowd of about 15 kids watching when Chloe was attacked and not one of them stepped in to help, which breaks my heart.”
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We’ve been investigating a report that a 14-year-old girl was assaulted in the Dirac Crescent area of Emersons Green at about 7.45pm on 28 August.
“The victim sustained cuts and bruises in the incident. Two 13-year-old girls have voluntarily attended a police station for interview and enquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone concerned over anti-social behaviour in the Lyde Green and Emersons Green area should report it to the police by calling 101.