Gardaí are to investigate a video posted online that shows two teenage girls fighting while a large group of other teenagers watch.
The video was shot on a mobile phone and was posted online on Wednesday and has gone viral since then.
Three teenage girls have been suspended while the school carries out an investigation into the fight. The fight took place in a city suburb after school hours and is believed to be pre-arranged and over a teenage boy.
The footage, which lasts for just under three minutes, shows two first year girls as young as 12 and 13 hitting and punching each other and pulling hair while on the ground. During the fight they are cheered on by around 50 bystanders.
Christ King Girls Secondary School released a statement condemning the fight, which featured bystanders wearing the uniform of the school. The school said they were “disappointed by the apparent presence, and involvement of pupils of Christ King”.
The school says that while it cannot control the actions of its students outside of school hours, students still represent the school, and if they are found that they have brought the school into disrepute, disciplinary procedures will be invoked.
The school described the scenes as “appalling and unacceptable” and expressed disappointment at all the participants in the video including those urging on the combatants and no effort to intervene.
“Efforts to identify all those involved, both directly and indirectly, are on-going. Where possible, parents will be informed and, having examined all implications, appropriate action will be taken,” the statement concluded.
The video can be viewed by clicking here.