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Violent incidents in schools have prompted ‘ecumenical’ discussions about staff training as part of an exercise on Saturday
A 15-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed in the face at a North York high school.
The attack happened just before 12.40pm on Thursday in space at the school on Signal Hill Road in Reeville.
The circumstances of the stabbing have not been released but police say the victim is “more seriously injured than the three other young people who were stabbed in the incident”.
The attack was the latest in a string of violent incidents in schools in the UK.
Student Yiyi Qin, 15, died at a school in Kent after being stabbed in March. Days earlier, a teenager stabbed a fellow pupil in the neck at another school in Kent, after the pair got into a row over a girl.
Officers investigating the latest stabbing at North York high school said they had taken two people into custody. Photograph: l/racastftpics.co.uk
Earlier this month, Jack Taylor, 15, and Declan MacLellan, 14, were both stabbed to death outside Dulwich College in London after a row over a girl.
A joint statement from staff, students and parents issued on Friday said: “This has understandably been a very difficult time for the school community but they are holding their heads high and are determined to make sure the staff, students and families affected feel safe, secure and supported.
“We hope that all of the students and members of the community can draw encouragement from the overwhelming outpouring of positive support and support from others within the school and the wider community.
“This incident has sparked an extremely important and ecumenical discussion about safety and the safety of children in our schools and community and we hope that this serves as a clear reminder to everyone how important this issue is.”
Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call North Yorkshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.