Police probe Wakatipu High assault claims

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Queenstown police are investigating an alleged assault of two Wakatipu High students by an older pupil.

High school principal Lyn Cooper confirms an “incident” involving a Year 12 girl bullying two Year 10 girls on school grounds on Tuesday last week.

It’s understood the Year 12 girl allegedly pushed one and pulled her hair, before her friend who came to her aid was subsequently pushed against a wall by the older student during school hours.

“It was intercepted by another senior [male] student before anything got major of any kind,” says Cooper. “He interjected and prevented anything from happening, which we were pleased to see.”

The Year 12 girl’s been suspended and “may” face the board, who decides her fate – although “there’s no such thing as expelling now”.

Detective sergeant Grahme Bartlett says the matter has been referred to Youth Aid.

Cooper says the school doesn’t have a gang culture and deputy principal Grant Adolf “works extremely hard to stamp out any suggestion of anything like a gang”.

Friends of the Year 12 girl allegedly involved have been told “that it’s not appropriate to continue on in any way”, she says.

“We certainly are working to make sure the [Year 10] girls concerned are feeling safe and secure, as we do with all our kids.”