In a Parallel Universe
What may have been published if the gender was different in this Herald Story: Family of schoolboy injured in dirt bike prank don’t want charges laid
The mother of a schoolgirl who suffered a badly cut leg when run over by a nude dirt bike-riding schoolboy wants charges laid, as does the principal of the school where the incident took place – saying a “strong message” must be sent to boys that reckless behaviour won’t be tolerated.
Diocesan High School student Kirsten Kyle suffered a deep gash to her leg when hit by a boy from Hamilton Boys’ High field at lunchtime yesterday.
Students have told the Herald the incident involving six boys wearing nothing but helmets was part of an annual streaking event.
One of the bikes rode over the Year 12 girl’s leg, causing the rider to fall off. One of the boys is alleged to have given the middle finger before driving off.
The victim lay on the field until she was eventually helped off the field and taken to hospital. She has since been discharged and is now recovering from her injuries at home.
Posts on social media referred to the girl’s wound as a “very deep cut”.
“Doctors said it’s actually down to the bone.”
Kirsten’s mother Glenn, who met with police this morning, said she was not satisfied the incident was a prank that “has gone a bit wrong, this is boys attempting to intimidate girls and is the sort of behaviour that produces men like Harvey Weinstein”
“My daughter is not fine and is traumatised by this cowardly behaviour. She has an injury that will never heal and ACC will need to pay for at least a years counselling,” she told the Herald.
“My husband and I are worried about the entire girl’s school. what’s sort of monsters are lurking in Hamilton Boys School. It’s a serious assault and the tip of the ice berg of a culture being fostered at the school. We want a Royal Commission into all boys schools to find out if misogynists have infiltrated the system. We require strict measures put in place that eliminate it reoccurring.
Glenn said her daughter had made a statement to police, but she was in deep shock and was under sedation at the time.
“I will never feel safe again as long as boys feel they can approach and intimidate me. If I ever see a boy again I am sure I will be triggered into anxiety.
A police spokesman has said that charges will be laid against all those involved and all pupils at Hamilton Boys will spend a full day doing woman’s studies.