Teen ‘scared to leave the house’ after an unprovoked gang attack

by Rebecca Ryan

A local teenager says she is ‘scared to leave the house’ after being attacked by a gang in Dundrum.

On Saturday, September 7th, the young girl (15), who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of another attack, told Dublin Gazette that she was in Dundrum with her friends, when three girls approached them.

“They were asking questions and we answered and then they started to pull my friend’s hair and she fell to the ground.

“I tried to help my friend and they then started to pull my hair. 

“We tried to walk away, but they followed us and cornered us and started hitting us and kicking us. 

“They were still pulling our hair, and one of the girls pulled me to the ground and kicked me in the face. 

“This all lasted at least 40 minutes, my friend’s mam came and pulled the girls off us, and we then ran to her car.”

She said the attack has really shaken her and she is now afraid to leave the house.

“This incident has really affected me because I am scared to leave the house and walk in my own locality by myself.  

“We were just chatting and the attack came out of the blue, we still don’t understand why?”

Her mum said the whole family is completely “shocked” by the incident. She said she has since heard of more incidents like this in the area, and she wants to warn other parents.

“The last thing I expected to see when I answered the door that evening, was my daughter to come in the door shaken, upset and beaten.  I was absolutely shocked at it all. 

“Apparently, there have been other incidents in the area, but I only heard this after the event. 

“I have told any parent I know to make their kids aware of what can happen when they are out and about.”

Since the attack, the young girl will be taking up self-defence classes and the family are encouraging other young people to do the same.

“Learning self-defence is a positive way to deal with this, and hopefully, it would give me the confidence to defend myself if it ever happened again,” said the young girl.

Gardai told Dublin Gazette that they are investigating the incident. 

“Gardaí are investigating an incident of assault that occurred in Dundrum, Saturday 7th September, at approximately 9pm. Two teenage females received injuries to their face.

“No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.”

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