A WODONGA Catholic College student was hospitalised last week following a school yard scrap that police are investigating.
Principal David Seiter said two boys, in year eight and year nine, were involved in a lunchtime fight last Wednesday that ended with the younger of the two with “mild concussion”.
Mr Seiter said paramedics were called and the teenager was taken to hospital overnight for observation.
The school did not report the incident to Wodonga police and officers were made aware by a parent on Thursday, Mr Seiter said.
Police confirmed they were investigating an assault and they would not comment further.
“It’s still in the early stages of investigation,” police said.
Mr Seiter said he would have preferred if the matter had been left with the school.
“In our critical incident policy, we don’t have down in the first instance we’re going to call police. If we had a student with a knife, or a gun, we would’ve called police, but sometimes, for something like this, we have our school processes,” he said.
He said the school has spoken with both students and families and will continue to work with them and the police.
“It’s my personal belief that going to court wouldn’t serve a lot of purposes,” he said.
“Our intent is not to charge, our intent is to heal the relationship somehow and hopefully that will happen through police.”
He said the school’s leadership team would review its critical incident policy.
“The college is handling the matter in an appropriate way and for us, it’s very out of character for something like this to happen.
“It doesn’t happen at Catholic College.”