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Police presence steps up at school campus

- STAFF REPORTER

The police presence at a Coatbridge school attended by an alleged murder victim has been increased in a bid to reassure worried parents.

Justin Mclaughlin, 14, went to St Ambrose High, where steps have been taken to increase security at the campus.

A letter was sent to parents by the school which said police had sent additional resources to provide reassuranc­e to pupils and employees.

The move came after Justin was alleged to have been fatally stabbed at High Street train station in Glasgow.

Justin died in hospital after the alleged attack following a visit to Mcdonald’s with his friends.

St Ambrose head teacher, James Mcpartland, sent letters home with pupils in a bid to reassure anxious parents and carers.

He said: “I sent a letter to parents and carers to provide reassuranc­e to them following the tragic death of a pupil and to reiterate the range of supports that are in place should their child require it.

“As I have made clear, the safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff are my priority and I wanted to clarify the procedures that are in place at the school to deal with any incidents and to ensure that people know how to access emotional and practical support.

“We work closely with community safety officers from Police Scotland and their presence is to provide additional reassuranc­e to pupils and the wider community.”

Inspector Neil Macleod added: “We are working closely with St Ambrose High School in our efforts to offer their pupils, staff, and parents or carers, support following the death of one of their pupils.

“Officers will have a visible presence for reassuranc­e and will work with the school to address any concerns raised.”

A memorial was held last month for Justin near to his home in Bailliesto­n, which was attended by dozens of heartbroke­n friends and relatives.

Scores of mourners in Celtic tops set off green and white smoke bombs and released balloons as police stood watch.

His mother, Stephanie Mclaughlin, 30, told how she was “so lost” without her son.

She posted online: “I will never forget the day you were born my precious blue eyed boy.

“So lost without you, am missing you so much son. Wish I could wake up from this bad dream.”

A 16-year-old boy has appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with Justin’s murder.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is also accused of assault to severe injury, threatenin­g behaviour and having a bladed item in a public place.

He made no plea and was remanded in custody.

 ?? ?? Addressing concerns Steps have been taken to increase security at the St Ambrose High campus
Addressing concerns Steps have been taken to increase security at the St Ambrose High campus
 ?? ?? Tragic loss Justin, 14, attended the Coatbridge school before his death
Tragic loss Justin, 14, attended the Coatbridge school before his death

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