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Pupil arrested after classroom pencil stabbing

A SCHOOLBOY was arrested after allegedly stabbing his classmate in the head with a pencil.

Emergency services were called to St Michael’s CE, in Crosby, at 2.30pm on Wednesday, following the incident, which happened during a school lesson.

Paramedics attended the St Michael’s Road high school, which has around 500 pupils, where they treated the injured teenager.

The student was then taken to Ormskirk hospital for treatment and was later discharged to recover at home.

Another 13-year-old pupil was arrested.

Police have confirmed that the boy, who is from Bootle, was arrested on suspicion of assault.

He was taken to a police station and later released on bail.

Police have also confirmed that the two boys were class mates.

They also confirmed that the weapon used in the attack was a yellow pencil which was later recovered with blood stains and strands of hair on it.

Reports of the stabbing spread across social networking sites in the hours following the incident.

Users took to Twitter to express their horror at the attack and raise concerns about safety at the school.

One person wrote: “I did see police there today, slightly worried about safety in our school.”

St Michael’s, which was founded in 2005, received a congratulatory letter from the Government in 2010 after they were placed in the top 60 schools for academic success.

The school states on its website that pupils “live by strong Christian values, and many visitors comment on the warm, happy atmosphere the school engenders.”

Dr Simon Hulme, headteacher of St Michael's CE High School, said: “A 13-year-old pupil is currently excluded following this incident and we are assisting police with their enquiries.

"We will be writing to parents to assure them that this sort of incident is thankfully very rare at the school and that the safety of our students remains paramount."

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