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A brutal attack on a black school student outside Thomas Knyvett College in Ashford, Surrey has resulted in five arrests and a widespread outpouring of shock and anger.

The footage, which has circulated online, shows the victim being punched, kicked, and having her braids pulled from her head as bystanders can be heard shouting in the background.

A 39-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the attack, as well as three girls aged 16, 11, and 10. Police are also seeking a sixth suspect, a 15-year-old girl, in relation to the racially motivated attack.

In response to the incident, thousands of people have signed a petition and dozens of protesters gathered at the school on Wednesday afternoon.

Ange Elliott, a cousin of the victim, spoke about the emotional toll the attack has taken on her cousin. She revealed that the victim has not been eating or speaking much and is suffering from physical pain.

Ms. Elliott also criticized the headteacher, who she feels failed to intervene in the attack.


Parents of students at the school have expressed their concerns about the safety of their children, with one parent calling for the headteacher to resign.

British rapper and multiple Brit Award winner Dave has also called for the staff members involved in the attack to be fired.

The headteacher was not present at the protest, but the executive principal of the Howard Partnership Trust, Philip Wheatley, was in attendance and spoke on behalf of the school.

He emphasized the importance of understanding the facts before jumping to conclusions and stated that the trust is working with all involved agencies to establish what happened.

The school was closed early on Wednesday for safety reasons.

Inspector Maxine Cilia, borough commander for Spelthorne in Surrey, has stated that the video of the incident is disturbing and that the police are providing specialist support to the victim, who has returned home after receiving treatment for her injuries.

Cilia emphasized that every school child deserves to feel safe in the community and that such violence will not be tolerated.

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