A SEVEN-year-old girl was punched in the eye in a `happy slapping' attack as she walked to school in Huddersfield.
Sophie Chapman, of Nether Close, was walking with a friend at Rawthorpe Lane, Rawthorpe, last Thursday at 8.45am.
She and a friend were on their way to Rawthorpe Junior School when they were approached by three girls, aged around 14.
One of the girls punched Sophie in the eye while the others filmed the attack on their mobile phones.
They then ran off, laughing.
Distraught Sophie ran to school and told headteacher Ian Williamson about the attack.
Her parents, Nick and Sara, were informed and Mr Williamson phoned Rawthorpe High School, where it is believed the attackers were from.
Sophie did not know her attackers and had not been targeted before.
Later that day, somebody told Mr Chapman who they thought the attackers were, so he called Rawthorpe High School to inform them.
However, he claims the high school was not interested.
He said: "The junior school was very good with us, but the high school were not interested one iota.
"I've heard from people I know at the high school that the film of the attack has been passed around on mobile phones.
"It is a growing problem and it wants stopping. Sophie is now scared to walk to school."
After failing to get anywhere with the high school, Mr Chapman reported the incident to the police on Thursday morning.
He was told that someone would come to see them within eight hours - but no-one arrived.
After several enquiries, he was told the case had been passed to a constable.
He said: "I am disgusted really with the police and the high school.
"It's as if they think it doesn't matter because it's school kids messing around. But it's not, it's assault."
A spokeswoman for Kirklees Local Education Authority said the incident did not come under either schools' remit, as it happened outside school hours.
She said: "Any incident of assault happening outside of school should be reported to the police. They are the correct people to deal with incidents of this nature."
A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police confirmed that a call was received from Mr Chapman.
She said officers decided it was not vital to visit the family immediately and arranged to see them later on the day of the incident.
However, she said officers had been too busy dealing with emergencies to keep the appointment, but were taking the incident seriously.
She said: "Despite the sheer volume of calls we do make every effort to deal with matters as quickly as possible.
"We regret the service we were able to provide did not meet with Mr Chapman's expectations. This has been recorded as a common assault and is being investigated."