Boy, 14, slashed at school

At­tack: Teenager charged af­ter pupil suf­fers se­ri­ous in­juries to his face

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

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.

“It is not ap­pro­pri­ate to say more.” Fiona Hys­lop, MSP for Lin­lith­gow said: “I am very con­cerned to hear about the in­ci­dent at St Kentigern’s Acad­emy, my thoughts are with the stu­dent and fam­ily af­fected and I will be seek­ing a meet­ing with West Loth­ian Coun­cil, the school and po­lice.

“I know par­ents and chil­dren at St Kentigern’s will be very con­cerned, that is why it is vi­tal that there is a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion and lessons learned.” Do­mes­tic dogs may have lost some of their in­nate an­i­mal skills when they came in from the wild, re­search sug­gests.

In a study com­par­ing wolves and dogs liv­ing in near-iden­ti­cal en­vi­ron­ments, wolves were bet­ter at work­ing some things out, par­tic­u­larly at grasp­ing the no­tion of cause and ef­fect. The tests in­volved the an­i­mals hav­ing to choose be­tween two ob­jects – one con­tain­ing hid­den food and the other empty. Con­ser­va­tive MP Ja­cob Rees-Mogg has been crit­i­cised for com­ments sug­gest­ing that the rise in the num­ber of food banks was “rather up­lift­ing”.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view he said: “To have char­i­ta­ble sup­port given by peo­ple vol­un­tar­ily to sup­port their fel­low cit­i­zens I think is rather up­lift­ing and shows what a good, com­pas­sion­ate coun­try we are.”

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