Minister is ‘disturbed’ at College stabbing

Education Minister John O’Dowd has voiced his concern at a stabbing incident at St Columb’s College.

Derry was shocked by weekend reports that a 13 year-old boy suffered an injury to his stomach after he was allegedly stabbed by another pupil during school hours on Friday.

It’s understood that the weapon used in the incident was a scalpel.

A source told the ‘Journal’ that the victim sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. The incident, which happened during lunchtime, was reported to police shortly after 6pm on Friday.

A 12 year-old boy was arrested and later released pending a report to the PPS.

Education Minister John O’Dowd expressed shock at the stabbing. “I am very disturbed to hear that a young pupil was stabbed while at school in Derry on Friday. I would first of all like to wish him a speedy recovery,” he said.

Assembly Education Committee Chair, Mervyn Storey, said the incident was “extremely serious”.

School principal Sean McGinty said yesterday: “I can confirm that there was an incident in the grounds of our school at lunch-time on Friday, October 7, during which a pupil sustained an injury requiring medical attention. There is an ongoing investigation which at this time prevents us from making further comment.”

The Western Education and Library Board has made its specialist Critical Incident Response Team available to the school to ensure that counselling is available to pupils.