Man charged after wild school brawl

LACEE BUZZA

SOURCE: Gold Coast Bulletin

SOURCE: Gold Coast Bulletin

A 29 year-old Coomera man has been charged with a string of offences after a wild brawl broke out at Pacific Pines High School on the Gold Coast yesterday.

The man is accused of going armed so as to cause fear, possession of a knife in a public space and driving under the influence after becoming involved in the chaos around 3:00 pm.

Videos captured on students phones showing the violent brawl between rival groups have since emerged and shows teachers intervening while a hefty amount of students crowded the fight.

Queensland Police confirmed a 16 year-old boy and a 29 year-old man were taken in to custody at the scene, however the boy was later released with a caution.

A teacher suffered minor injuries after trying to defuse the situation but the incident was resolved with no serious injuries.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education reinforced Pacific Pines condemned the brawl and said it goes against the school’s anti-violence message to students.

“Violence in any form is not tolerated at Pacific Pines State Hight School and the safety and welfare of students and staff is the school’s number one priority,” the department’s spokesperson said.

“The department will always take a tough stance against anyone who does not uphold core values of safety, respect and responsibility which are taught throughout the school.”

“The school is continuing to work with the Queensland Police Service through its investigations and strong disciplinary action will be imposed against any school students who have acted inappropriately.”

The 29 year old accused is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on November 3.

Anyone with information regarding the fight is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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