Student hospitalised after knife incident at Larne school

A pupil has been taken to hospital following an incident involving a knife at Larne Grammar School.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 1:41 pm
The scene today (Tuesday) at Larne Grammar School where a child has been taken to hospital after a knife incident. Photo Laura Davison/Pacemaker Press

Detailing the incident, a PSNI spokesperson said: “Police responded to the report of a stabbing incident at a school in Larne on Tuesday, January 7.

“A 13-year-old male pupil has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon and is currently in police custody. Another male pupil has been taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.”

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 11.21am on Tuesday, January 7 following reports of an incident at a premises on Lower Cairncastle Road, Larne.

“NIAS despatched one emergency crew to the scene. Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one male patient has been transferred to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.”

Jonathan Wylie, Principal of Larne Grammar School, said: “Following an incident in school this morning a Year 10 pupil was taken to hospital and is receiving treatment.

“The safety and wellbeing of our pupils is always our primary concern and the authorities, including the PSNI, were contacted immediately. Parents have also been contacted and we are working with the Education Authority to ensure that pastoral support is available for those who require it.

“This is the first time that an incident of this nature has occurred in school and the thoughts of the entire school community are with the injured pupil and his family.

“The school will open tomorrow as usual. We are unable to comment further due to an ongoing PSNI investigation.”