A video showing a 14-year-old girl being dragged by her hair into a fight and repeatedly punched by a group of teenagers was posted online and has sparked public outrage.
The incident supposedly took place in Christchurch, a city of New Zealand. The disturbing footage of the beating was posted on Sunday night on a Facebook page titled "Only Kiwis will get this.”
The owner of the page – reportedly a 14-year-old boy called Jayvin Ryder – saw the video being shared among some of his Facebook friends and said he was shocked when he first saw it.
Ryder traced the victim – named Stephanie in the comments section – and asked her if he could share the video on his page.
The link (posted above) garnered thousands of likes and comments within hours of its posting.
"What I was trying to achieve for this was to stand up for her and make sure nothing else happens," Ryder was quoted as saying.
Jayvin added that the reactions to the video mainly consisted of people who denounced the bullying of the teen and demanded the authorities get hold of the culprits as soon as possible.
"What I want to do is get everybody in a big group and help her really, because everyone who gets bullied shouldn't be," he said.
Police looked into the matter after the video went viral and interviewed the victim this afternoon, New Zealand-based “3 News” channel reported.
The 14-year-old victim is currently at home recovering.
Bullying is one of the most sensitive issues plaguing various societies all over the world. Last year, a study by the American Medical Association found that depression and anxiety tied to bullying at school persisted at least through people's mid-twenties. The worst off were those who had been both bullies and the targets of bullying.
"It's obviously very well established how problematic bullying is short-term," said William Copeland, a clinical psychologist who led the new study at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
"I was surprised that a decade down the road after they've been victimized, when they've kind of transitioned to adulthood, we would still see these emotional marks for the victims and also the bullies/victims."
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