Boy, 14, slashed at school
Attack: Teenager charged after pupil suffers serious injuries to his face
A teenager has been charged after a 14-yearold boy was slashed with a knife at a secondary school.
The boy was taken to St John’s Hospital in Livingston for treatment to a serious facial injury following the attack, which happened at a school in West Lothian shortly before 9am yesterday.
Police confirmed another teenage boy, aged 13, has now been charged in conection with the assault.
A report will be sent to the children’s reporter and the procurator fiscal, officers said.
Superintendent Craig Smith, of Police Scotland, 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 the school for the time being, with additional support in place for pupils when they return to school, he said.
Any pupils or parents with concerns are being urged to contact school staff or their local police station. Hannah Bardell MP, the SNP representative for Livingston, said: “This is a serious but thankfully extremely rare incident. West Lothian Council and the police are working with the school and those involved and I will be seeking a meeting with them as a matter of urgency.”
A West Lothian Council spokesman said: “We have been working with Police Scotland on a number of initiatives to promote pupil safety in our schools recently, including delivering the No Knives, Better Lives campaign to educate young people on the consequences of knife crime.
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