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.
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.
We can confirm that a 16-year-old boy has sadly died following a serious incident at Cults Academy. Next of kin have been informed.— AberdeenPolice (@AberdeenPolice) October 28, 2015
An extensive investigation is underway & a 16-year-old male has been detained in relation to the incident & is assisting us with enquiries.— AberdeenPolice (@AberdeenPolice) October 28, 2015
We can confirm that the Cults Academy incident is being treated as a Murder Investigation.— AberdeenPolice (@AberdeenPolice) October 28, 2015
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."
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."
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.”
I speak a lot about America's gun culture.
But UK has a big knife problem, as today's horrific school stabbing death in #Aberdeen confirms.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 28, 2015
I know one thing for sure: nobody in UK will suggest the answer to school stabbings is more knives. #Aberdeen— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 28, 2015
All my thoughts are with the family & friends of the young man who has tragically died at Cults Academy today. https://t.co/fPhREzsTJg— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 28, 2015
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."