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Dirt bike prank father doesn't want charges laid

2 November 2017 12:02 AM
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However the principal of the school where the incident took place does want charges pursued - saying a "strong message" must be sent to young people that reckless behaviour won't be tolerated.

Hamilton Boys' High School student Kyle Kirsten suffered a deep gash to his leg when hit by a girl from Waikato Diocesan School on the Boys' High field at lunchtime yesterday.

Students have told the New Zealand Herald the incident involving six girls wearing nothing but underpants and helmets was part of an annual streaking event.

One of the bikes rode over the Year 12 boy's leg, causing the rider to fall off. One of the girls is alleged to have given the middle finger before driving off.

The victim lay on the field until he was eventually helped off the field and taken to hospital. He has since been discharged and is now recovering from his injuries at home.

Kyle Kirsten's father Glen, who met with police this morning, said he was satisfied the incident was a prank that "has gone a bit wrong".

"My son is fine. He has an injury but that will heal," he told the Herald.

"My wife and I are more worried about what's going to happen to the girls, you know, the repercussions.

"We all have a chuckle about it. I mean we probably shouldn't, but something far worse could have happened."

Glen said his son had made a statement to police, but he was also concerned about the outcome of the prank for the Diocesan schoolgirls.

His father didn't expect his injuries would prevent prevent him from completing end of year NCEA exams, which were a matter of weeks away.

But while the victim's family wanted the incident to blow over, Hamilton Boys' High School principal Susan Hassall told the Herald she hoped charges are pressed.

"I think we need to send a strong message to young students that such reckless behaviour won't be tolerated."

The girls weren't invited onto school grounds and she called the speed at which they were driving the bikes "very dangerous".

Waikato Police Senior Sergeant Ray Malcolmson said the prank happened just after midday yesterday and police rushed to the school after receiving a call from ambulance staff.

"There was a collision with a bike and a student on the school grounds. The student has suffered moderate injuries and has gone to hospital," police said.

Waikato Diocesan principal Mary Curran confirmed six senior students were involved in the "unfortunate" prank.


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