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Aberdeen School Stabbing Victim Named Locally As Bailey Gwynne After Police Launch Murder Probe

28/10/2015 16:52 | Updated 29 October 2015

UPDATE: Aberdeen School Stabbing Victim Was A 'Gentle, Caring Pupil', Says Headteacher

Police in Scotland have launched a murder investigation after a 16-year-old boy died in a stabbing at an Aberdeen secondary school. The victim of the lunchtime attack was named as Bailey Gwynne. The pupil was rushed to hospital after he was attacked this afternoon, but died from his injuries.

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Bailey Gwynne died after a 'serious incident' at Cults Academy

Another 16-year-old has been detained by police to "help officers with their inquiries" after emergency crews were called to a "serious incident" at the Cults Academy, which teaches around 1,000 pupils, just after 1.30pm on Wednesday.

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Police surround the school

Although police would not confirm the nature of the incident, there have been multiple reports a stabbing had taken place at the secondary school.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that following reports of an incident at Cults Academy at 1.30pm. A male has been detained and is currently assisting officers with their enquiries."

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Cults Academy, Aberdeen

The police force added: "Enquiries into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing and officers will remain at the scene for the time being. Next of kin are aware but no other details are available at this time."

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Police surround the school

Chief Inspector Graeme Mackie said: “This is a shocking and extraordinary incident for Aberdeen and firstly our thoughts are with the family and friends of the boy who has sadly lost his life today. A full and thorough enquiry is underway has been launched and there will be a police presence in the area for the foreseeable future. We are working closely with the education authorities and wider community as I am sure this incident will be felt not only in Aberdeen but much further afield.”

In 2008, Cults Academy, which is the largest state school in Aberdeen, was the recipient of The Sunday Times' Scottish state secondary school of the year award, due to its outstanding exam results.

According to the Mirror, worried parents were seen racing to the school following the incident.

A spokeswoman for Aberdeen City Council added: "We are aware of a serious incident at Cults Academy. Due to the nature of this incident, we will not be issuing further comment."

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