Private school boy bashed after ‘racial slur’

A Carey Grammar student has been hospitalised following a fight allegedly sparked after another student used a racial slur during a party at the weekend.

Police said the 16-year-old victim was taken to hospital by paramedics following the assault in Kew on Saturday night, with non-life threatening facial injuries.

It's believed four males were involved in the altercation on High Street just after 7pm.

Former police officer Naomi Oakley's security firm U-Nome Security had guards at the 16th birthday party attended by Carey students.

"The Carey kids had had a couple of drinks, they were walking across the oval," Ms Oakley said.

"There was verbal exchange and the "N" word was dropped - by not the one that was assaulted - but his mate that was with him."

The school has been contacted for comment.

Ms Oakley, who has a blended family with African American children, said she contacted the school on Monday about her concerns.

A student at Carey Baptist Grammar in Kew is in hospital. Picture: David Crosling
A student at Carey Baptist Grammar in Kew is in hospital. Picture: David Crosling

"I do a lot of parties, probably over 3000 or 4000 parties I've done … and the "N" word gets dropped all the time," she said.

"Every time I hear that word it is like a stab to the heart

"It just makes me sick.

Ms Oakley said she felt a duty to speak out, even if it costs her clients.

"It's sad it still continues," she said.

"Respect is really lacking and I just have a duty of care to inform as many people as I can about what's been going on.

"We just need to change.

"I've had the conversation with my children as they were growing up in regards to derogatory comments by people that think that skin colour defines a person."

Police say they are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Originally published as Private school boy bashed after 'racial slur'



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