Social media bullies drove a 12-year-old schoolgirl to attack them with a knife, a court has heard. She held a knife to the necks of two other pupils, Llandudno youth court in North Wales was told, after telling one on Snapchat: “shut up or I will stab you.”
The girl claims to have been subjected to social media and other bullying after a family tragedy.
Her mother told the that her daughter was a “good kid” and that the school in Conwy county had failed to act following “disgusting” messages. “The bullying was going on for ages. I was ringing the school and they suggested she needed a counsellor. I was phoning the school in tears most of the time,” she said, adding “I am not justifying at all what she has done.”
The girl admitted having a dagger on school premises and two common assaults.
A ten months referral order was made and both victims were awarded £75 compensation. Forfeiture of the dagger was ordered.
James Neary, prosecuting, said a boy of 13 had been on Snapchat when the girl sent a message warning him: “Shut up or I will bring a knife to school and stab you.”