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School bashing woman given two-year bond

Thursday, 11th April, 2013

An 18-year-old woman who bashed a Year 8 student at her school last year has been placed on a good behaviour bond for two years. An 18-year-old woman who bashed a Year 8 student at her school last year has been placed on a good behaviour bond for two years.

An 18-year-old woman who bashed a Year 8 student at her school last year has been placed on a good behaviour bond for two years.

Sarah Harvey pleaded guilty to assaulting the student whom she confronted at Willyama High School during the lunch break on November 12.

According to police, Ms Harvey accused the student of "saying stuff " about her younger sister who also attends the school.

She then grabbed the girl by the hair and dragged her over to a wall before slamming her head against it a number of times, police said.

A female teacher eventually pulled Ms Harvey away and told her to leave the school.

The victim suffered bruising and scratches to her head, ear and neck and lumps on her head.

In the Local Court this week, lawyer William Buxton asked magistrate Geoff Dunlevy to take into account Ms Harvey's limited criminal history and her "reasonably serious" mental health issues, for which she was receiving treatment.

"This is a young person in dire need of help for mental health issues ...," said Mr Buxton, who suggested a custodial sentence would hinder this.

In sentencing Ms Harvey, Mr Dunlevy said the student was subjected to "a high degree of violence" that left her with "not insignificant injuries".

He told Ms Harvey that the offence with which she was charged was created specifically for adults who entered school grounds and assaulted students.

"(But) As a matter of simple morals and ethics, an adult is not allowed to so savagely assault a child."

Mr Dunlevy told Ms Harvey that she was still a relatively young person with good prospects of rehabilitation but a significant sentence was required "given you have somewhat violent tendencies emerging".

A sentence was also needed that sufficiently "denounces this type of behaviour".

Mr Dunlevy ordered that Ms Harvey also accept the guidance and advice of the Probation and Parole Service.

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