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Teenagers arrested over school stabbing


Police have arrested two teenagers for attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in school.
Officers were called to City of Birmingham School in Erdington at lunchtime.
At this time, it is not yet known whether the alleged stabbers were pupils at the school. Reports indicate that a group of people had entered the school and stabbed a pupil.
Paramedics were immediately called and the injured boy was treated at the scene before being rushed to hospital suffering from serious injuries. His condition is now described as stable.
A 16-year-old and 17-year-old have now been arrested on suspicion of murder, while police say they are still looking for other suspects in connection with the attack.
Supt Mark Payne of West Midlands police CID said: “This is a fast paced investigation and we are still conducting enquiries to establish the circumstances around today’s incident.
“We are working closely with the school and if anyone has any information then I am urging them to speak to police or to call us as a matter of urgency.”
In its most recent Ofsted inspection, the school was rated as good overall.
The school provides for pupils who have been excluded from other schools, or who are at risk of exclusion and those with a range of other emotional and behaviour difficulties.
The report described the behaviour and safety of pupils as outstanding, saying that pupils referred to the school as a result of troubled behaviour made excellent progress in managing that behaviour while at school.
This latest incident comes just days after a 13-year-old was stabbed outside a school in Birmingham with a compass.
The youngster suffered injuries to his shoulder in the attack which happened near Hamstead Hall Academy in Craythorne Avenue, Handsworth Wood.
That attack happened just after pupils finished their last lessons of the day.
West Midlands Ambulance Service took the schoolboy to Sandwell Hospital.
Meanwhile, a boy was arrested on suspicion of wounding in what police described as an “isolated incident”.
Thankfully, stabbings in schools are very rare. But, the Birmingham incidents follow a stabbing in Aberdeen in which Bailey Gwynne, 16, was stabbed to death by a fellow pupil during a fight at Cults Academy on 28 October last year.
His killer, who cannot be named, was later jailed for nine years after being found guilty of culpable homicide.