Hero father or bigger bully?
A group of 12-year-old boys were hanging at a skate park in Lismore, in New South Wales’ north-east, when they began to gang up and verbally abuse and threaten another 12-year-old boy on Sunday afternoon.
According to police, the youths chased the boy up the street before they returned to the skate park.
The frightened 12-year-old boy then returned to the skate park but this time accompanied by his father. The group of youths began to taunt the boy again before the father got involved to defend his son.
Disturbing footage of the violent incident was posted to theNorth Coast Crime Facebook page on Wednesday.
The man can be seen grabbing one boy by the throat before shoving another kid to the ground, down a half-pipe.
During the man’s outburst, kids can be heard screaming in fear, trying to defend their friends.
‘Leave him alone!’ one young bystander yells, after the man grabs the boy’s throat.
The person who filmed the footage runs away as the man goes on the rampage, to avoid being confronted.
After the man abuses the kids, he then snatches scooters belonging to the boys and throws them metres into the air. Multiple local residents in the town claim that the man’s violent outburst was in retaliation after his kid was allegedly bullied by the group.
Officers from Richmond Police District have commenced an investigation and urge anyone with information to come forward.