1. ITV Report

Police reviewing Galashiels 'bullying' video posted online

Galashiels Academy. Credit: Google Street View

Police Scotland have confirmed they are "reviewing an incident", after a video appearing to show a girl being attacked by another pupil in the grounds of a Scottish Borders secondary school was posted online.

The footage shows a pupil at Galashiels Academy being wrestled to the ground by an older girl, before being pushed and having her hair pulled.

It reportedly happened on the school driveway last week and was witnessed by several pupils including one who filmed it on a mobile phone.

The incident was posted on Facebook by a parent in an attempt to shame the school and Scottish Borders Council into taking action.

Galashiels Academy is doing nothing about this. It needs to stop.

In a small town like this you wouldn't expect things like to happen but it is.

I know the girl who was attacked and she's obviously quite distraught about it.

– Joanne Cleghorn, parent

After Ms Cleghorn posted the video on her Facebook page it was seen more than 50,000 times, and shared 1,000 times within 12 hours.

Galashiels community councillor Pauline Ward said it was "horrifying".

I know this goes on on a daily basis around all schools in Britain but to actually see it take place in your own local town is horrifying.

To hear girls in the background standing back and laughing is really concerning.

– Pauline Ward, community councillor

Scottish Borders Council said: "The school was made aware of this video last week and appropriate action was taken with Police Scotland also notified of the incident."

"We take any allegations of bullying very seriously and the Council's education department works closely with schools to investigate and ensure appropriate action is taken, including involving Police Scotland where necessary."

Police Scotland told ITV Border: "Police in the Borders were alerted to a video on a social media website on Wednesday, September 27, after concern was raised for those involved."

"Officers are currently reviewing the incident and are working with all parties to establish the circumstances.”