An Auckland schoolboy was held down and assaulted by his classmates after they discovered he was switching to a private school.
Pukekohe High School principal Ian McKinnon confirmed a serious incident occurred on school grounds after a prank between a group of boys about moving schools “went too far”.
It was witnessed by many other students, and happened so fast they did not have time to stop it, he said.
“The incident involved a male student who was held by others and who was then assaulted,” Mr McKinnon told The New Zealand Herald.
“Whilst what took place may well have started out as a joke among a group who knew each other, its outcome was far from that.”
The boy was not injured in the incident 13 days ago, but was traumatized and has not returned to school. He has been enrolled at Auckland’s elite King’s College for 2012.
The boys involved have been excluded from Pukekohe High School, meaning they must enrol at another high school.
Kid gets into Auckland’s elite King’s College prep school, next thing you know his buddies are jealous and want to take him down. Who can blame him from wanting to leave a school that started with Puke?
Stay strong, bro. Schoolyard bullies suck.