Pupil stabbed 'multiple times' at Walney School making 'rapid recovery'

A 15-year-old pupil who was stabbed 'multiple times' inside a Barrow secondary school is making a 'rapid recovery' and has been discharged from hospital.

Police were called at 10:10am on Tuesday 25 January after reports the teenage pupil had been involved in a stabbing following an incident at Walney School.

He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, where he has since been discharged.

Just 30 minutes after the incident Cumbria Police arrested a 16-year-old boy, also a student at Walney School, at Barrow train station on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

He remains in custody.

Walney School say it is working with police and has reassured parents that there is "no ongoing threat to other pupils."

In a statement by headteacher Mr J Richardson, posted on the school's social media pages, pupils were praised for their "maturity and care" in the aftermath of the incident.

He said: "I am pleased to say the victim of yesterday's assault is making a rapid recovery and is being well supported by family and friends.

"Today I have been truly humbled by your children. Their maturity and care for others in response to the very upsetting incident has been exemplary and has seen the school environment return immediately to one that is calm and learning focused."

He added: "While this incident has left a sense of shock across our school community, I assure you that this was an isolated incident and was very quickly under control."

Mr Richardson said specialised counsellors were being provided to students who had requested it.

Barrow-in-Furness, in South Cumbria, is currently hosting the harrowing Knife Angel sculpture.

Created by artist Alfie Bradley and the British Ironworks Centre, it is made out of 100,000 knives and serves as a reminder of the impact of knife crime.

The 'Knife Angel' is currently on display in Barrow, signifying the impact of knife crime. Credit: PA