Boy, 14, slashed at school

Teenager charged af­ter pupil suf­fers se­ri­ous in­juries to his face

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - 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

“Vi­o­lent in­ci­dents of this na­ture are thank­fully rare”

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.”

IN­VES­TI­GA­TION: St Kentigern’s Acad­emy in Black­burn, where a 14-year-old pupil was slashed yes­ter­day

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