A black teenager has been kicked and punched in a racially motivated attack at a Sydney school, according to reports.
Footage filmed at the Parramatta Marist High School at Westmead, in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, shows several boys assaulting the teenager.
In the 20-second clip, shared among pupils on Snapchat and WhatsApp, the victim could be seen lying on the ground as students pile on top of him – with one making reference to the ‘George Floyd Challenge’.
The schoolboy who is filming the incident yells, “Get that motherf*****. Get that motherf*****,” spurring his classmates on.
“George Floyd Challenge,” another boy screams.
George Floyd was an unarmed black man who died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
He repeatedly told police officers he could not breathe, but despite this Chauvin did not move and continued putting pressure on his neck.
Mr Floyd’s death sparked mass protests and demonstrations against police brutality and institutional racism around the world.
In the Australian school incident the victim, who appears to be struggling, yells at the students who are attacking him to “get off”.
But instead of helping him, the student filming the video can be heard saying the N-word as the students eventually walk away.
The school reported the incident to police after 7News provided the footage to the institution.
The Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta said in a statement: “We are appalled by the conduct of these students and that racist and offensive language was used during this incident.
“As you would expect, the school has informed the police.”
The school added here would be “no tolerance for violence or harassment and this behaviour diminishes us all”.
It also confirmed it was working with the family of the student who was assaulted “to ensure his safety and wellbeing”.