Two teenagers have been charged after an elderly PCSO was attacked in north London in shocking footage posted online.
Video shows school pupils grabbing the man by his jumper and wrestling him to the ground opposite Ark Academy in Wembley at around 3.50pm on October 18.
Two boys, both 14, have now been charged with assault on an emergency worker following the incident.
They were bailed to appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 3 November, Met Police said in a statement.
A spokesman said the victim was not seriously injured and was being supported by his colleagues.
The clip began as the children held the PCSO by the lapels of his jacket outside a newsagents. They yelled at him ‘how you feeling bro’ and ‘come on then’
The clip began as the children held the PCSO by the lapels of his jacket outside a newsagents. They yelled at him ‘how you feeling bro’ and ‘come on then’.
The masked students continued to grapple with him before they fell over an advertising board and onto the pavement.
The cameraman shouted ‘oh he’s getting smoked, fella’s getting smoked’ during the brawl.
A women helped the shaken PCSO to his feet.
The masked students continued to grapple with him before they fell over an advertising board and onto the pavement
The shocking video ended with the person recording shouting at him: ‘Pick up your hat blood, pick up your hat’
The shocking video ended with the person recording shouting at him: ‘Pick up your hat blood, pick up your hat.’
It was shared on social media after appearing to have been circulated on Snapchat.
Ark Academy, which has 1,607 pupils, was rated ‘outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted report.
It said: ‘A great deal of work has brought about a new school that has quickly established high expectations and secured impressive progress in the short period since opening. Pupils make outstanding progress in their studies.’
Headmistress Delia Smith says on its website: ‘We have worked hard to clarify our expectations which are clearly stated in our Behaviour and Ethos Policy and the Home School Agreement.’
It was shared on social media after appearing to have been circulated on Snapchat
She continued: ‘We expect all parents to support these policies and work co-operatively with us.
‘We completed our first full school in 2017 and have a growing sixth form that has rapidly earned an excellent reputation.
‘We look forward now to our Ark Academy Alumni connecting back with us from university.
‘We are very proud of the school we have built here and the opportunities it offers our students.
‘I look forward to working with our parents in the coming years to ensure the best for their children.’
Ark Academy headmistress Delia Smith said the school was working with the police after the incident and said staff were ‘disturbed and shocked’
In a letter to students, seen by MailOnline, Ms Smith said: ‘As you are probably aware a very serious incident occurred outside of the school yesterday which was videoed by a member of the public and widely shared on social media platforms.
‘We are, as a school, disturbed and shocked by the events seen and are treating it with the utmost seriousness.
‘This is not the typical behaviour of our student body and the individuals concerned have been arrested by police who are investing the matter.
‘We had a large staff presence outside the school at the time of the incident and members of our staff were first on hand to assist the police officer, offering him support and refuge in the school and helping to disperse the onlookers in the area.
‘We would like to assure you that the school is fully cooperating with the police in this matter and are, as ever, working incredibly hard to ensure the safety of your child both inside and outside the school.
‘We have held a year group assembly with the year that the students were in, and all pupils are in no doubt as to the seriousness of the situation and inevitable consequences of such behaviour.
‘We now ask you to support us by reiterating the school message to your children regarding the school rule of going straight home after school and not loitering in the local area or using the local shops and following instructions of staff the first time they are given.
‘We will continue to work positively with you, the community and our safer schools’ team to ensure that our students are safe in school and on the way home.’
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