12-year-olds involved in assault at skatepark
UPDATE 2.42pm: POLICE have confirmed an investigation is underway into an assault at skate park at Goonellabah.
NSW Police Media said about 5.30pm on Sunday (March 31), they were told a group of 12-year-old boys were at a skate park in Goonellabah when they started to verbally abuse and threaten another 12-year-old boy.
The youths allegedly chased the other boy up Simeoni Drive towards Ballina Street, before they returned to the skate park.
The 12-year-old boy returned to the skate park with a man, believed to be his father, where the boys taunted him again.
The man allegedly assaulted one of the youths and threw his scooter.
Officers from Richmond Police District were notified and commenced an investigation.
Investigators are urging anyone with information to come forward.
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Original story: A VIDEO on social media showing a father assaulting a child he alleged has been bullying his son at a Northern Rivers skatepark is being investigated by police.
The footage which was posted on the Facebook group North Coast Crime showed a man confronting a group of children at a skate park in Goonellebah.
The video showed the man grab one boy by the throat before pushing another boy down a half-pipe, before he grabbed scooters belonging to the children before throwing them away.
On Thursday morning Richmond Police District supervising officer Sergeant Daniel Magrin said although no formal complaint has been made, the incident is being investigated.
"The video was posted 14 hours ago but we have not received a formal complaint from anyone over an assault of those children," he said.
"It looks like a case where the gentleman involved is a father of a child he perceived was being bullied at the skatepark by some children and he has taken matters into his own hands.
"The man has been identified by police and that matter will be investigated...all the parties involved are known to police."
Sgt Magrin said police were already investigating.
"Action is being initiated by police on those young persons over previous incidents as there has been conflict between a number of children at the skatepark," he said.
"Action is being taken again several young person involved.
"This is part of an ongoing matter."
Since the video was posted there have been around 700 comments with many people supporting the parent defending his child from alleged bullying.
However, Sgt Magrin said while video's are useful in identifying people involved in incidents police preferred to be contacted directly rather than them being posted.
"Without the video we would have no report or witnesses," he said.
"But we would prefer that instead of posting it to social media you bring directly to police to investigate."