Caught on camera: Teens in bus brawl
"I THINK this is funny" a schoolboy is heard saying in video footage that appears to show him helping a 13-year-old girl punch a 17-year-old girl on a bus.
The incident was caught on camera as the Mackay students were travelling home from school last Wednesday.
A Queensland Police spokesman confirmed it was investigating a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy over the incident.
The parents of the 17-year-old girl, who didn't want us to name them, said the girl had her hair ripped out and a three-day headache after the unprovoked bus attack.
The girl's mother said she didn't immediately tell anyone what had happened.
"Our son said '(the girl) is crying in her room'," she said.
She sent her daughter a Facebook message, and the girl came down a minute later.
"She told me she'd been bashed up on the bus. We were all there and (my husband) said 'I'm calling the police'," she said.
The mother said her daughter had been the target of bullies in the past.
"Kid bullies turn out to be adult bullies... I've been bullied at a workplace as well, so I know what it's like," she said.
"I just don't think that anyone should act that way, no matter how old they are."
The Year 12 girl had to take a number of days off school, but her father was proud to say she'd returned and was brave enough to take the bus again.
"She got on the bus and she sat near the back - I think that's good on her part," he said.
"We suggested she sit behind the bus driver... but she was there with a friend and they sat near the back."
The father said he believed the dispute arose when his daughter stuck up for her friend when she was accused of "staring" at the alleged attacker.
He got video footage of the incident through a "friend of a friend", which he has referred to police.
He's also asked Translink, which oversees Mackay Transit Coaches, to ban the alleged attackers from the bus for an extended period.
"I've said because of the viciousness of the attack and because it looked premeditated, (they) should be banned for 10 weeks," he said.
A Mackay Transit Coaches spokesman said they had suspended a student from the bus for a week.
"All parties were advised of the outcome of the investigation, including the school where the student attends," they said.
"The original incident was on a regular bus service and not on a school bus."
As the matter involved minors, it has been referred to the Mackay Child Protection and Investigation Unit.
Department of Education and Training regional director Kim Fredericks said the Department was aware of a recent incident on a school bus "between students of Pioneer State High School and Mackay North State High School".
"Violent or threatening behaviour in any form is not tolerated in Queensland state schools," she said.
"The principal of Pioneer State High School will manage this situation in line with the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan for students.
"Support will be provided by the two schools to any students who require it."
The mother of the 13-year-old touted as the assailant, and her brother, has come forward to say her children were only reacting to ongoing bullying and harassment themselves.
The incident alleged attack was caught on camera as the Mackay students from different schools travelled home from school last Wednesday, and quickly gained traction on social media.
The West Mackay mum said her daughter had been "a wreck".
"She knows what she did was wrong but she said 'mum, how much more could I take?'"
The mum claimed the footage didn't actually show her son hitting anyone.
"My son was actually pulling (my daughter) off the other girl and he stepped in to defend his sister," she said.
"My children are petrified after all this."