Stab victim's condition improves

ROB KIDD
Last updated 14:47 07/07/2014

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An 11-year-old who was stabbed in the head while at school remains in a coma, but his condition has improved.

The incident at Mangere Bridge's Pacific Christian School is understood to have stemmed from an argument between two 11-year-old boys on June 24.

Police would not elaborate on the specific circumstances that led to the stabbing.

An Auckland DHB spokeswoman today confirmed the victim's status was listed as "serious but stable", an improvement on "critical but stable".

Police said they had spoken to all identified witnesses and were not seeking any other information in the case.

"A number of young children who have gone on to have full interviews conducted by specialist child interviewers," a spokeswoman said.

No charges have been laid over the incident and she emphasised the only charges an 11-year-old could face in a New Zealand court were manslaughter and murder.

Police confirmed the boy allegedly responsible for the attack remained in the care of Child, Youth and Family.

Pacific Christian School has about 90 primary and intermediate age pupils, mostly members of the Tongan Tokaikolo Church In Coronation Rd.

Immediately after last month's incident a specialist team from the Ministry of Education was sent to the school to provide support.

A 2012 Education Review Office report identified some concerns with the privately owned school.

Risk management systems for taking pupils off the premises needed to be addressed and more robust systems for managing hazards were needed, it said.

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

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