A 13-year-old girl was bashed up brutally by another student at a dance party in Queensland, Australia.
Both girls were guests at a Nudgee College dance on Friday night that attracted more than 1000 students.
As the younger girl was leaving the function she was grabbed by her hair from behind, dragged to the ground and punched repeatedly in the head.
"She was swearing at me and just kept hitting me. It seemed to go on forever. She must've hit me about 40 times," the Year 9 student at St Rita's College said.
Three Nudgee boys came to her aid, pulling the alleged attacker off.
The victim was then helped by a security officer who noticed her crying and bleeding.
She was treated for swelling and cuts to her head and sent to hospital for brain scans.
The girl's horrified mother yesterday questioned whether security arrangements were sufficient.
"I've always had a worry about these dances, the amount of kids congregating at the school. They're just huge," said the woman, who did not want to be named for fear of retaliation against her family.
Nudgee principal Daryl Hanly described the unprovoked attack as "really unfortunate".
"We will certainly investigate whether the amount of security was enough," Mr Hanly said.
He said 10 college staff, eight security guards and a police officer attended the dance. "I thought it was an overkill, but if it's the other we'll certainly review that.
"I would hate to think we would stop such activities in terms of social interaction between all-girl and all-boy schools. It's really a fairly important event."
Detectives from Boondall's Child Protection Investigation Unit are investigating the attack, which allegedly involved a 16-year-old girl from Corpus Christi College, Robyn Ironside wrote, reporting for The Courier Mail.