Teen’s face slashed by fel­low pupil in can­teen at school

School­boy held af­ter 14-year-old is at­tacked in front of his friends

Daily Record - - NEWS - SARAH VESTY s.vesty@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

THE sis­ter of a 14-year-old boy who had his face slashed in a school can­teen has told of her hor­ror.

The girl spoke out af­ter the sick­en­ing at­tack on her teenage brother at a sec­ondary school West Loth­ian.

She wrote on so­cial me­dia: “My lit­tle brother went to school to­day and some­one brought out a knife and slashed him. What’s wrong with some peo­ple?”

Po­lice de­tained another male pupil in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent, which took place shortly be­fore 9am as dozens of kids min­gled in the can­teen.

The Daily Record is un­able to name the school for le­gal rea­sons.

The young vic­tim – who can­not be named – was rushed to St John’s Hos­pi­tal in Liv­ingston in an am­bu­lance. He was treated for a se­ri­ous fa­cial in­jury.

It is un­der­stood that par­ents were alerted to the in­ci­dent via text mes­sage about two hours af­ter it hap­pened.

A pic­ture of the boy’s hor­rific in­juries was cir­cu­lated on mes­sag­ing app Snapchat yes­ter­day.

The vic­tim’s friends and other pupils told of their shock and anger on so­cial me­dia.

One wrote: “What p **** s me off the most is the teach­ers are nowhere to be seen and it took them ages to re­alise.”

Another said: “Imag­ine bring­ing a knife to school and slash­ing some­one who’s been noth­ing but sound to you.”

A third added: “What goes through some folks’ heeds?”

And another wrote: “Just goes to show how s*** a school this is, let­ting things go as far as some­one bring­ing a knife in.”

Fu­ri­ous par­ents and lo­cal peo­ple voiced their con­cerns, and many called for harsher sen­tences for knife crime.

Laura Turnbull wrote: “OMG poor boy. The crim­i­nal jus­tice ser­vice need to get much harder on the car­ry­ing of a knife and us­ing them to kill or harm any­one. Harder and longer sen­tences, not a b **** y hol­i­day camp for them. No won­der this is hap­pen­ing – so many lives lost through knife crime.

“If caught with a knife, should be jail time. Pre­vent not deal with the af­ter­math of some­one’s ac­tions.”

Gary Fulton added: “These crimes are hap­pen­ing be­cause the po­lice do their part in get­ting the thugs to court but the judges let them go with stupid sen­tences.”

A 13-year-old was last night charged with se­ri­ous as­sault.

A po­lice spokes­woman said: “Po­lice were called to a school in West Loth­ian around 8.55am on Fri­day af­ter a 14-yearold boy sus­tained a se­ri­ous fa­cial in­jury.

“He has been taken to St John’s Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment and a teenage boy is cur­rently de­tained by of­fi­cers in con­nec­tion with this. In­quiries into this in­ci­dent are on­go­ing.”

Bai­ley Gwynne, 16, was fa­tally stabbed by fel­low pupil Daniel Stroud dur­ing a fight at Cults Acad­emy in Aberdeen in Oc­to­ber 2015.

Stroud, now 18, was caged for nine years.

EMER­GENCY The young vic­tim was be­ing treated at St John’s Hos­pi­tal in Liv­ingston

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