Levenmouth Academy ‘bullying’ video: Headteacher says issue taken ‘extremely seriously’

© DC ThomsonLevenmouth Academy headteacher Ronnie Ross.
Levenmouth Academy headteacher Ronnie Ross.

A Fife secondary school is reviewing anti-bullying procedures after a video shared on social media showed a boy being kicked in the head by another pupil.

The video, which has since been taken down, showed a 12-year-old boy being kicked while he was cowering in a corner with his hands over his head at Levenmouth Academy.

Police Scotland was brought in to investigate the incident and confirmed nobody had been charged.

A police spokesperson said: “Police in Fife received a report that a 12-year-old boy was assaulted, but uninjured, at a school in Leven on Friday May 17.

“Inquiries have established a number of sensitivities surrounding the circumstances of this incident, and officers continue to liaise with the school and those involved.”

Ronnie Ross, headteacher at Levenmouth Academy, said the clip may not have told the full story.

“These actions can never be condoned, but it’s important for all of us to remember that we can’t understand a full story from a short clip on social media,” he said.

However, he added: “As is good practice in any school we will be evaluating and reviewing our anti-bullying procedures.”

The boy’s father told The Courier he was “very disappointed” by the decision not to charge the pupil.

These actions can never be condoned, but it’s important for all of us to remember that we can’t understand a full story from a short clip on social media.

Mr Ross added: “We take all allegations of bullying extremely seriously and, in cases like this, we always involve the police in our response.

“We dealt with the very regrettable incident in the video immediately and are continuing to work with those involved and their parents.

“I cannot stress enough that this is not typical behaviour of the vast majority of our young people who work towards our school values of respect, trust, responsibility, teamwork and ambition.”

He added: “We are resolute in our drive to work in partnership with parents, identifying our shared responsibilities in eradicating bullying. The school cannot do this alone. We must all recognise that bullying behaviour can only be fully understood in the social context within which it occurs.”

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