Port Hedland principal pushed to ground in schoolyard fracas between two girls
A female high school principal in WA’s North West was knocked to the ground on Wednesday as she intervened in a dispute between two girls.
Mobile phone footage of the incident at Hedland Senior High School shows principal Kelly Summers being shoved to the ground by one of the female students.
“Ms Summers confronted the girls in an attempt to stop it,” one witness said.
“This is when the student . . . slammed the principal to the ground, continuing to walk away.”
A Department of Education spokeswoman confirmed the incident saying a student had started a fight with another pupil and said while it was distressing, neither the principal nor the students were injured.
“The principal has met with parents of the students involved, and it has been made clear to the students that violence of any kind at school is not acceptable. One student has been suspended,” she said.
“The school has support in place, including a school psychologist, youth worker, chaplain and year co-ordinators, for any students who are experiencing issues in their lives.”
Ms Summers said she had been heartened that many students had taken the time to check on her.
Students known to have vision of the incident were asked to remove it from social media, and did so when requested, according to the department.
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