Telegraph.co.uk reports that a British teenager who was stabbed in the eye during her school lunch break said a "gang mentality" singled out students for their music and fashion tastes.
The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, narrowly escaped losing her sight in the attack last November.
She had been the victim of a string of attacks, threats and had even received prank calls at home because she is what is known as "a metaler", Guildford Crown Court heard today.
But she said: "I mean, it's this gang mentality that my generation seems to insist upon and I want to stop it."
Watching the girl give evidence via video link, the jury heard how name-calling in the school canteen had escalated into an attack on the school playing fields.
The victim explained in a police interview shown to the court how she had been "forced into a category" on her first day at the school.
"Somebody asked me on the first day what kind of music I listened to, so I said AC/DC."
She said that, as a result of this, she was told she was a "metaler" and found herself being shunned by other classmates.
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