A dad was brutally beaten up by a group of teenage pupils after attempting to protect his son from bullies.
Disturbing video footage from a mobile phone shows the teenagers punching, kicking and stomping on the dad outside Park Ridge State High School near Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.
The fight happened on Monday after school had finished for the day, MailOnline reported.
The father can be seen hitting a boy who had pinned his son on the ground.
A group of at least six boys then started punching and kicking the man, who struggled to get up off the ground.
A second video showed the father and one of the teenagers squaring off while shouting at each other, before the boy spat in the man’s face.
‘You fg hit me,’ the father yelled, ‘Someone call the fg cops.’
Bystanders are heard yelling: ‘Get the f**k off each other,’ as the father and the student shoved each other.
Acting senior sergeant Nick Edwards said the father made a complaint, prompting a police investigation.
‘I was blown away by the pack mentality of the students and that they gave no thought to what could have gone wrong with their actions,’ Sergeant Edwards told the Courier Mail.
‘To see the student spit in the parent’s face was disgusting.’
The Queensland Department of Education said emergency services were called to the school, but couldn’t confirm whether the students were punished.
A spokesperson added it is working actively with the families involved and students are being dealt with in line with the school’s ‘responsible behaviour plan’.