'Shocking' attack on Grantham schoolgirl filmed by pupils and shared on social media
A 12-year-old schoolgirl is recovering at home after being attacked by another pupil on her way home from school.
Naomi Bellamy was on her way home from Grantham’s Walton Academy last Tuesday when she was set upon by another pupil in the same year group.
Naomi claims a group of pupils were waiting for her at the end of Kitty Briggs Lane, where the secondary school is located.
Footage of the schoolgirl being slapped and pushed around was filmed on several mobile phones.
The video – which has been circulated widely on social media – shows Naomi being pushed to the ground several times, thrown around and slapped around the face. She is also grabbed by her hair and has her head jolted back as she tries to stand back up.
Bystanders, many in school uniform, can be heard laughing and shouting encouragement, including “punch her,” “go on” and “have her,” as a few of them film the attack on their mobile phones.
After being notified about the incident, staff at the academy took both pupils back into school to make sure they were OK before contacting their parents.
Naomi’s mum, Sophie Baker, met her daughter half way home and took her to A&E at Grantham Hospital, where they discovered that she had soft tissue damage to her arm and ankle –she had to wear a sling for several days.
Sophie said she was “heartbroken” and cried after seeing the footage of the attack on her daughter online.
A second trip to hospital followed just days later. After recovering at home for the rest of the week, Naomi went shopping for a Mother’s Day present on Saturday with her older brother but collapsed in town. She was taken to Lincoln County Hospital by ambulance and given a CT scan, the results of which came back clear.
Sophie added: “They think it was the stress of everything that has happened and the fact that she is not eating properly.”
Despite securing a place for her daughter at another school, Naomi is struggling to sleep and is anxious about going out, said Sophie.
The Journal understands the culprit has been placed in isolation but has not been suspended or expelled, an outcome Sophie feels is not good enough.
The school’s headteacher, Will Teece, has told the Journal staff were “shocked” by the actions of the pupils involved.
He said: “We have been made aware of an incident that took place outside of academy premises and the school day.
“Whilst I cannot comment on the detail, I do wish to reassure our community that the matter has been taken very seriously.
“In line with our behaviour policy, we have investigated the allegation, and appropriate, firm action has been taken, including working closely with the police.
“Our expectations for behaviour are very clear and are supported by robust systems and
“The actions of a small number of individuals have shocked us and are not representative of our academy as a whole.
“Where issues arise we would always be prepared to work closely with parents and the community to resolve them in a swift and appropriate manner.”
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson added: “We are investigating a report that a child was assaulted in Kitty Briggs Lane at around 3.45pm on March 26.
“Anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or has any information that will assist us with our investigation, can contact us on 101, quoting incident 437 of March 26.”