Bethany, 15 ...Beaten and Kicked beyond Recognition by Teenage Girls; (1) BATTERED AND BRUISED: Bethany in Hospital in a Photo Taken by Her Mother (2) PICKED ON: Bethany Was Buliled for Four Years

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Bethany, 15 ...Beaten and Kicked beyond Recognition by Teenage Girls; (1) BATTERED AND BRUISED: Bethany in Hospital in a Photo Taken by Her Mother (2) PICKED ON: Bethany Was Buliled for Four Years


Byline: Patrick Sawer

HER face bloodied and battered, this is Bethany James, the latest victimof the pupil-on-pupil violence blighting Britain's schools. The appallinginjuries inflicted on the 15-year-old are shocking enough. But what is morehorrifying is that they were the work of two teenage girls.

This photo of Bethany was taken in hospital by her mother, Tracey James, whosaid: 'The picture is shocking. I want people to know what the reality ofbullying means.' Bethany had been tormented by bullies at her school inBradford, West Yorkshire, for four years - including being subjected to atorrent of insults and abusive text and internet messages.

But it was as she was leaving a video shop near her home in Undercliffe withfriends on September 7 that she was beaten up. She was kicked and punched tothe ground by the girls, whom she recognised from school. They pulled her hairand stamped on her head as she lay helpless on the pavement.

One friend called her mother, who arrived in time to pull one of the girls awayfrom Bethany and drive the injured girl to Bradford to pull one of the girlsaway from Bethany the injured girl to Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Mrs James, a 46-year-old hairdresser, and her husband Anthony rushed to thehospital.

Mr James, 47, a telecoms engineer, said: 'It was horrific as a parent to seeone of your children in a hospital bed covered in blood. …

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