From left, Makayla Spiers (18), Annalise Cooper (19) and
Tae Flavell (19).
A parent of one of the teenage girls at the centre of
serious assault allegations has expressed her disappointment
over her daughter's actions.
The mother of one of the girls allegedly involved in an
attack on three women in Cargill St told the Otago Daily
Times she wanted to apologise to the three victims on behalf
of her daughter.
Tae Flavell, Annalise Cooper and Makayla Spiers were attacked
by a group of girls, believed to be aged 15 and 16, on
Saturday night outside Miss Flavell's Cargill St flat.
''I won't have this be what my family represents,'' the
parent, who asked not to be identified, said.
''I'm so disappointed in what happened with her and her
''You girls need to take a hard look at yourselves.''
She also wanted to offer an apology to the women's families
and tell them that her daughter would ''be facing
consequences for her actions''.
Senior Sergeant Mark Crawford said police were investigating
the incident and had not laid charges.
''There's quite a few witnesses to speak to and inquiries are
being made,'' he said.
He confirmed police were also investigating another
allegation of assault which was possibly linked to the
teenagers involved in the attack in Cargill St.
''We have had an allegation of assault at a separate party
and we are investigating that,'' he said.
Miss Flavell suffered a broken ankle as a result of the
attack and Miss Cooper was concussed.
Earlier on Saturday, police had been called to a disorder
incident in upper Stuart St, allegedly involving a group of
females who had left a large high school party in Wakari.
Michael Cooper, Miss Cooper's father, said he was shocked as
he drove through Wakari to be with his daughter after the
''There were large groups of what appeared to be children all
over the road, .. intoxicated children being cared for by
''There was glass smashed all over Stuart St. I said to my
wife, 'What is going on?'''
He felt the incident that led to his daughter's concussion
was just an extreme example of a culture of teenage
drunkenness and violence.
''Everyone's of the same opinion. The population in town
getting intoxicated is getting younger,'' he said.
His views echoed those of a parent who contacted the ODT
about concerns for her own children and her children's
''Parents are letting their kids go out 'til 3 o'clock in the
morning,'' the woman, who asked not be identified, said.
She felt powerless to say no to her 16-year-old son as other
parents were allowing it and he wanted to fit in.
Miss Spiers said she recognised the girls who attacked her
friends as pupils from her former school.
When contacted, the principal of the Dunedin secondary school
in question referred the ODT to Dunedin Secondary Schools'
Partnership manager Gordon Wilson.
''That's the appropriate channel,'' the principal said.
Mr Wilson said the behaviour of school pupils during the
weekend was ''a clear community issue''.
''As a school, we have certain responsibilities but they
don't extend to what our young people do at the weekends,''
However, the partnership's 12 schools did ''their very best
to make sure their young people remain safe'' when it came to
Miss Flavell said she had not received an apology from the
girls she believed attacked her, but messages of support from
the community had been ''great''.