The incident has drawn outrage and arrest on the 16-year-old perpetrator, and for the victim, the offer of a new home and serious financial support for his family.

What made this attack remarkable was that film of the Huddersfield schoolboy - who threatened to 'drown' a Syrian refugee student with a water bottle - was shared on social media and caused outrage not only amongst the viewers of the short clip, but reached as far as the British Prime Minister, who was horrified by the treatment of the teenage victim who escaped from Syria two years ago with his family.

Perhaps the most shocking thing about the footage is not the much larger boy holding the smaller boy down on the ground by the neck as he pours water over him, or the bystanders, who instead of intervening, goad the bully on, but the aftermath where Jamal gets up, shakes his head and walks away, giving the impression that such treatment has become normalised for him.

While this 28-second video has made many in the UK question how we treat immigrants, it made me wonder where the school was in all of this.

Jamal didn't quietly accept the racism he and his sister had been subjected to, but constantly told his teachers over a period of two years. When nothing happened, he then contacted the local education authority, local councillors, the school inspectors, the police and even the Department of Education, but still nothing stopped the racist violence.

Perhaps his school felt its hands were tied. As the government puts limits on the types of sanctions they previously used to stop appalling behaviour, such as being able to suspend pupils; miscreants can get away with it and schools have no way to stop them.

We are in danger of becoming a society where the most effective measure in policing bullying is a student with a phone and that's not very effective at all - it's like using dynamite to get rid of an infestation of house flies.

We turn rule by discipline and order into mob rule, where adults think it is okay to threaten children with violence, as happened to the teenager in this case.

What has happened to Australian schoolboy Ritchard Gale in the seven years since his 15 minutes of infamy as the 'Bully who got body slammed'? What are his college or work prospects after 10 million people viewed his altercation with Casey Heynes?

The bully in this incident has not returned to school and it has been reported he has moved abroad to escape the online threats of violence he has been receiving.

In this case he has been as failed by the education department's disciplinary system as much as Jamal; if he had been punished for smaller misdemeanours it might not have reached the stage where he would have to leave home in fear of his life.

If discipline can't be re-imposed to protect vulnerable students it seems the only alternative would be to install CCTV in schools, where cameras would be used as an official deterrent. This of course sets the wrong tone for schools which should be inclusive and welcoming environments rather than a place of fear and surveillance.