Northern Irish teenager, 13, charged after stabbing fellow pupil at school in Larne
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Northern Irish teenager, 13, charged after stabbing fellow pupil at school in Larne

A TEENAGER has been charged after stabbing a fellow pupil at a school in Larne, Co Antrim.

The 13-year-old boy was charged with grievous bodily harm as well as possession of an offensive weapon intent to commit an indictable offence.

He was arrested on Monday morning after authorities were called following reports that a student had been stabbed at Larne Grammar School.

The victim, a year-10 male pupil, was taken to Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and received treatment for injuries which are believed not be life threatening.

Hes's reported to be in a stable condition.

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The 13-year-old boy will appear before Ballymena Youth Court on 22 January.

Larne Grammar School

Larne Grammar School have announced that they're offering pastoral support to any student affected by what happened.

In a statement later yesterday, principal Jonathan Wylie said: "The safety and wellbeing of our pupils is always our primary concern and the authorities, including the PSNI, were contacted immediately.

"Parents have also been contacted and we are working with the Educatio Authority to ensure that pastoral support is available for those who require it.

"This is the first time that an incident of this nature has occurred in school and the thoughts of the entire school community are with the injured pupil and his family."

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Following the incident, UUP East Antrim MLA John Stewart described the incident as "disturbing".

"Although deeply distressing to hear of this type of incident in one of our schools I must commend the school in how they have handled this incident," he wrote on Facebook.

DUP East Antrim MLA Gordon Lyons tweeted: "Awful news coming from Larne Grammar School today – my thoughts are with those affected."

Alliance councillor Danny Donnelly said it was a "very frightening time for families in the town" and he hoped that the injured child was "out of danger and recovering well".

"Certainly it's a very frightening incident for families in the town to hear about – such a violent incident going on in your child's school," he said.