Schoolgirl, 14, beaten up on way home by bullies who filmed their savage attack

A shocking video showing the savage beating of a 14-year-old schoolgirl by a group of girls has been shared by her family in a bid to end bullying.

Mariah Land had been at a local park with friends on May 22, when it is alleged a group of teenage girls tried to intimidate her and then followed her.

The Year 10 pupil at Isca Academy, was close to home on Hazel Road, Wonford, Exeter at around 5.50pm, when they launched the attack on her from behind.

The gang filmed the attack, during which they repeatedly kicked and punched Mariah's face and body, even after she fell to the ground.

As she gets back up, she is struck again, hitting her head off a concrete post, leaving her with concussion and bruising and scratches to her body.

She has had to stay off school to recover from the assault and her mobile phone was also damaged beyond repair.

Her mum, Kerry Westcott, told Devon Live: "She ended up in hospital last night as she kept feeling sick and dizzy, and has had a constant headache since it happens. The doctors confirmed she has a concussion.

"At the moment I think she is putting on a brave face but I think further down the line the emotional scars will come out. It's unacceptable what happened to her and heartbreaking. They were like animals in a zoo.

"Things like this aren't just happening to my daughter. There are many kids this is happening to and it needs to be stopped.

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"It was horrible that her attack was filmed and shared but, in a way, it has done her a favour as it's all on video for the police to investigate and there's no getting away from what happened.

"The most shocking part – apart from the concussion and grazes – is that she came out of it quite unscathed considering the blows she took to her head and body."

Her brother Kieran added: "Yesterday I got sent the video and hearing what Mariah said happened and then seeing it was two different things.

"They came up from behind and you can hear her saying, 'what are you doing, what have I done?'. They pulled her hair, dragged her to the floor and kicked her in the face and body and smashed her face into a concrete post.

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"It's also the fact she went to walk away from it but they carried on. Apart from the concussion and scratches, it could have been a lot worse.

"The attack was then posted all over social media so hundreds of people have seen it and have been disgusted by it. I just want people to see how disgusting it is and try to get the word out there that bullying and ganging up on people should be stopped."

Mariah has since received lots of offers of support and health such as free training from Exeter Self Defence Academy and anti-bullying groups.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed the incident has been reported and they are investigating an alleged assault on May 22, in Hazel Road, Wonford, Exeter.

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