A 17-year-old girl is in a serious but stable condition after being stabbed in the back by a fellow student.
Renmark High School, located in South Australia, went into lockdown yesterday afternoon following the incident, which saw all students evacuated to the school’s gym until it was safe to return to class.
An 18-year-old female student was arrested and charged with aggravated assault causing serious harm. The injured student t was rushed to hospital in Adelaide for further treatment.
Renmark High School principal, Mat Evans, issued a statement on the school’s Facebook page yesterday afternoon, telling parents that the incident did not represent a specific threat to the wider school community.
“We share your shock at this event which we are treating with the utmost seriousness. It is our understanding that the incident is the result of a dispute between two students and did not represent a specific threat to the wider school community,” Evans wrote.
“We are liaising with the Department of Education to ensure the appropriate responses are put in place, including counselling and support for students and staff.”
The South Australian Education Department said it is liaising with the school to ensure appropriate responses are put in place, including counselling and support for students and staff.
"An assessment is being made as to whether additional security measures are required. The lockdown has been lifted and the general student population released to go home," a spokesperson for the Department told The Educator.