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Teenager is slashed at school

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

A TEENAGER has been charged af­ter a pupil was slashed in the face with a knife at a sec­ondary school.

The 14-year-old boy was taken to St John’s Hos­pi­tal in Liv­ingston fol­low­ing the at­tack, which hap­pened at St Kentigern’s Academy in Black­burn, West Loth­ian, at 8.55am yes­ter­day.

Po­lice con­firmed a 13-year-old boy had been charged in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

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.

“There will be a con­tin­ued po­lice pres­ence at St Kentigern’s for the time be­ing and ad­di­tional sup­port will be in place for pupils as they re­turn to school on Wed­nes­day.”

West Loth­ian Coun­cil said pupil safety was their “top pri­or­ity” and of­fi­cials had worked with po­lice on anti-knife ini­tia­tives.

A re­port will be sub­mit­ted to the Chil­dren’s Re­porter and Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal.

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