Girl’s remorse: Video was ‘just a joke’
A GOLD Coast schoolgirl who appeared in a shocking video urging another teen kill herself or be killed is beside herself with remorse, her father says.
He says his 15-year-old daughter is a sweet girl who was just mucking around after falling out with the Helensvale State High schoolmate targeted in the video, and wanted to apologise to the victim.
The video has gone viral after being shared on Facebook by a family friend of the victim.
It shows two schoolgirls unleashing expletive-ridden threats to kill the teen and urging her to commit suicide.
"Everyone f**ing hates you and everyone wants to kill you," one girl yells at the camera.
"You're going to probably kill yourself before I kill you, but you know what? I want to kill you."
A second girl then threatens to stomp on the target of their abuse.
The school has launched an investigation but police say they have not yet received an official complaint.
Both the girls in the video were outed today on Facebook.
The father of one of them said the video was made as a joke late last year after a squabble over some missing money.
He said it was shared to a private chat room on social media app Snapchat but someone had recorded it and sent it to the victim.
It was uploaded to Facebook yesterday and quickly shared to hundreds of people before the social media giant removed it.
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"None of what the girls said in the video was meant to be taken seriously," the father said.
"It was just kids mucking around… girls egging each other on and being stupid.
"It was never meant to go to the poor girl that it (the video) was about. It was really bad judgment on my daughter's part and she's beside herself with remorse.
"She would like to apologise to (the victim) and anyone else who is disturbed by it.
"This is just not in her nature. It's not who she is. She's actually a very sweet girl and this is just totally out of character.
"She's extremely, extremely remorseful."
The man said his daughter had lost her mother two years ago and was immature.
He said she had disabled all her social media accounts and did not go to school today after the drama "blew up".
He said he and his daughter would meet with the school tomorrow to discuss what happens next.
"We don't know what's happening with the authorities," he said.
Earlier, Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce chairman Peter Black labelled the video distressing.
Mr Black said every time an instance of cyber bullying was shared, it had the potential to increase further harm.
"Obviously the video that's been seen online is very distressing," he said.
"We all know cyber-bullying is a big problem in Queensland, Australia and around the world.
"I don't think we need to see videos like that to demonstrate that fact."
Mr Black said the sheer size of social media platforms made it difficult to pre-screen videos being uploaded.
"I think we will see in future years, improvements in artificial intelligence that will allow that sort of screening to take place," he said.
"I would encourage news stations not to show it.
"Giving those sorts of videos a fairly wide platform only exacerbates and exaggerates the harm.
"It's not something alone that Facebook can fix, it requires a whole of community response."