Boy stabbed in South Auckland school fight

Last updated 19:04 24/06/2014
DANIEL GALVIN/stuff.co.nz

A young boy is fighting for his life after being stabbed by another student at school in South Auckland.

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Police at the scene of the stabbing.

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A South Auckland school student is fighting for his life after allegedly being stabbed by another student this morning.

Police confirmed a fight broke out between two boys, aged between 11 and 12, at Pacific Christian School, on Coronation Rd in Mangere, about 11.30am.

One boy is in a critical but stable condition tonight in Auckland's Starship Hospital, where he was moved after initially being treated at Middlemore Hospital.

Police officer Shawn Rutene said he could not elaborate where the injuries were sustained but confirmed the boy was fighting for his life.

The families of both boys were being spoken to, he said.

"We can't explain at this stage exactly what's happened," he said.

Police would not confirm whether a pair of scissors was used as a weapon. Witnesses earlier reported seeing scissors being collected by officers at the scene.

Students are being helped by victim support and police.

A specialist team from the Ministry of Education had been at the school this afternoon and spoken with the principal to find out what support was needed, head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said.

"We are returning to the school tomorrow morning to work with the principal, and this support will be provided for as long as it is required.

"We support schools following serious incidents and provide guidance to senior school leaders to help them restore day-to-day routines as quickly as possible."

As the circumstances of the incident were now subject to a police investigation the ministry was unable to comment further.

A number of parents picking up their children have told the media they're still unsure of the details of what occurred today.

One grandmother said the school has told her of the stabbing but she was not concerned about her grandchildrens' safety.

Two men were dropped off in a police car out the front of the school and walked inside about 3.15pm.

Both declined to comment.

The Criminal Investigation Branch are at the school and were expected to conduct a long inquiry, Rutene said.

"There's quite a lot of info to be gathered."

Police emergency tape has been set up within the school grounds.

Students were seen playing in the car park area but were quickly ushered back inside.

Pacific Christian School is not making any comment in relation to the stabbing.

The Ministry of Education lists the school as having a roll of 84.

A 2012 ERO report identified some concerns with the school: risk management systems for taking students off the premises needed to be addressed and more robust systems for managing hazards were needed.

At the time, no staff had a current first aid certificate.

Samir Jivani , manager of the BP service station next door to the school, said he was shocked by the incident.

He had never had issues with students in the past and said he was sad that young boys were involved in a serious attack.

"It's worrying and very sad for kids so young. They are such small children."

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Jivani said he was concerned about safety in Auckland.

"You do think about the incident in Henderson (where a dairy owner was stabbed to death) and you worry. But not with these kids. They come into the store all the time, always with their parents. We've not had any real issues with most of them."

- Stuff

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