The punch thrown with vicious abandon by the Aboriginal student travelled in a looping arc and hit the Year 9 student on his mouth and nose. Blood spurted as the victim’s lips exploded like a soft watermelon and he bowed in pain as the blows rained down on his cowering, slumped form. The animal-like, raucous cries of surprise and pleasure that burst from adolescent groups at something that had turned a boring school day into unexpected excitement, acted liked Chum [dog food] to a school of sharks.