Women attack teenager at school

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 18:33 16/08/2012

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Three women allegedly entered a Christchurch school's grounds and stabbed a 15-year-old pupil.

The Aranui High School pupil suffered superficial cuts to her chest and legs during the knife attack last week.

Aranui community constable Barry Campbell said the alleged assault occurred just inside the school gate about 2pm last Thursday.

"It wasn't fellow students; it was allegedly people walking in off the street," he said.

The incident was reported to police last Friday.

Campbell said the girl was interviewed by officers yesterday.

He said it was alleged three women were involved in the attack, but only one had a knife.

Campbell understood the other two women grabbed the teenager during the incident and tried to hold on to her.

"It was a targeted attack. They were looking for her. She didn't know them but they knew her."

The girl broke free and ran from the women, Campbell said.

Police were still trying to identify the three women and the motive behind the attack, he said.

There were no witnesses to the attack as it occurred during class time, he said.

Aranui High School principal John Rohs said the school was helping police with the investigation.

He said the incident was "very distressing" for the school.

It showed that people could easily wander into school grounds off the street.

"We don't believe in having high fences and locked gates around the school,'' he said.

''We don't want to be like those schools in America. Unfortunately, it's a risk that all schools around the country face having undesirables come into the grounds."

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