Hor­ror in school can­teen as boy, 14, slashed in face

Scottish Daily Mail - - TERROR ON THE TUBE - By Abbi Gar­ton

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy was slashed in the face with a bread­knife in a hor­ror at­tack at a school can­teen yes­ter­day.

The teenager suf­fered a se­ri­ous fa­cial wound in the in­ci­dent in West Loth­ian, which hap­pened shortly be­fore 9am.

Some pupils claimed that a fight broke out be­tween two boys be­fore one of them pulled out a kitchen knife.

A teenage boy was de­tained in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

The mother of the boy who was wounded said: ‘I’m still in shock.’

But she said her son, who was treated at St John’s Hos­pi­tal in Liv­ingston, would ‘be fine’.

The at­tack caused shock and anger among pupils and par­ents, with some peo­ple call­ing for CCTV cam­eras and metal de­tec­tors at the school.

One for­mer pupil said: ‘It is aw­ful, I’m ab­so­lutely shocked. Imag­ine your child go­ing to school and get­ting slashed on the face? Imag­ine the par­ents get­ting that call? It is quite con­cern­ing that it’s hap­pen­ing in this area.

‘They should make an ex­am­ple of that boy, they don’t do any­thing to bullies. Ap­par­ently they’ve just had a cam­paign called “No knives, save lives” and now this is hap­pen­ing. My kids were meant to be go­ing there, but maybe not now.’

Other so­cial me­dia users sug­gested on Face­book that stricter se­cu­rity may be needed. Maria Thomp­son wrote: ‘Time for metal de­tec­tor at school en­trances?’ Kevin Mon­aghan added: ‘Li­censed se­cu­rity guards and full cov­er­age CCTV is where we’re head­ing.’

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesman said it had re­ceived a call at around 8.55am af­ter a ‘14-year-old boy sus­tained a se­ri­ous fa­cial in­jury’. He added: ‘A teenage boy was de­tained by of­fi­cers in con­nec­tion with this. En­quiries are on­go­ing.’

West Loth­ian Coun­cil con­firmed it was aware of the al­leged in­ci­dent. A spokesman said: ‘It is not ap­pro­pri­ate to say more while the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.’

Han­nah Bardell, Na­tion­al­ist MP for Liv­ingston, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the stu­dent af­fected.’

Last night a 13-year-old boy was charged in con­nec­tion with the se­ri­ous as­sault.

A re­port will be sub­mit­ted to the Chil­dren’s Re­porter and the Proc- ura­tor Fis­cal. Su­per­in­ten­dent Craig Smith, of Loth­i­ans and Scot­tish Bor­ders di­vi­sion said: ‘Vi­o­lent in­ci­dents of this na­ture are thank­fully rare in West Loth­ian schools and we are con­tin­u­ing to work with West Loth­ian Coun­cil to re­as­sure pupils and the wider com­mu­nity.’

He added: ‘There will be a con­tin­ued po­lice pres­ence at (the school) for the time be­ing and ad­di­tional sup­port will be in place for pupils as they re­turn to school on Wed­nes­day.’

In 2015, Bailey Gwynne, 16, was stabbed to death by a fel­low pupil at Cults Acad­emy in Aberdeen.

The city’s coun­cil re­cently in­tro­duced a new anti-knife pol­icy in re­sponse to the killing.

But in Jan­uary the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said that it would not leg­is­late to give teach­ers more power to search pupils.

‘It’s aw­ful, I’m shocked’

Fa­tal stab­bing: Bailey Gwynne

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