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A 16-year-old Scottish student has died after another pupil stabbed him at a school in Aberdeen.

Murder investigation

The boy, who is being called Bailey Gwynne from Maryculter, was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary yesterday after police were called to Cults Academy at 1.30pm. Unfortunately, doctors were unable to save the boy, and he died in the afternoon.

A murder investigation has been launched and another pupil has been detained for questioning. David Stroud, 16, is helping the officers in their inquiries.

Stabbed in walkway

The pupil was stabbed in a school walkway after the attacker was teased about his weight. Teachers and students then tried to save Bailey as the emergency services arrived.

In a statement, Police Scotland said: ‘Police Scotland can confirm that following a serious incident at Cults Academy this afternoon that sadly a 16-year-old boy has died. The next of kin of the victim have been informed. An extensive investigation is underway and a 16-year-old male has been detained in relation to the incident and is assisting police with enquiries.’

Chief Inspector Graeme Mackie added: ‘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.’

Witness

Alexander Lees, 22, a former pupil, witnessed the attack and said: ‘The staff car park was locked up, which it never is, and the police weren’t answering questions. There were about four cars and a van, and after the pupils left 11 or 12 police officers walked out to the police van. Apparently it happened on the elevated walkway where people walk between classes.’

As parents arrived at the school they were not allowed to enter the site. Twelve police cars, a dog van, a riot van and a rapid response ambulance were all present at the seen.

Richard Karasek, who lives opposite the school said: ‘We’ve lived opposite the school for 15 years or more and never really had much of a problem with noise or anything here. But this is awful. All my three children went to Cults Academy and Cults Primary too. Nothing like this has happened before, I am sure there’s been altercations with teenage boys but nothing like this.’

The school will be shut for the rest of the week whilst the police continue their investigation.

Headteacher’s response

Headteacher Anna Muirhead told the press: ‘Pupils and staff are in a state of total shock. The boy involved was a very gentle, caring pupil, with a lot of friends. I think it’s fair to say the whole school community is totally devastated.

‘At the moment of course our thoughts are all with the boy’s close family and his friends and what they must be going through at this tragic time.’pupil stabbed

Secondary School of the Year 2008

Cults Academy is situated in an affluent suburb of Aberdeen and has around 1,050 students. Ex-Scotland rugby union captain Jason White, Sir Alex Ferguson’s son Darren, Olympic swimmer Robbie Renwick and Scottish footballer Shaun Maloney all attended the school. The school was even named Scottish State Secondary of the Year in 2008.

Condolences

David MacPherson, 50, a minister at the Free Church of Scotland, said: ‘This isn’t typical of Cults. It’s quite a quiet, affluent area. I can’t remember anything like this ever happening around here – let alone of this magnitude.’

Gayle Gorman, Director of Education and Children’s Services at Aberdeen City Council, said: ‘On behalf of Aberdeen City Council, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of the young man involved. In order to support the police investigation, the school will be closed tomorrow and Friday, and we will be offering every support to our pupils, their families and our staff.’

Aberdeen City Council Leader, councillor Jenny Laing, said: ‘I am deeply saddened by the news that one of our pupils has died following an incident at Cults Academy today. I am sure that I speak for everyone across the city when I say how shocking this is. I would like to offer my sincere sympathy to the boy’s family and friends at this most difficult time.’

Support

Cults Parish Church has invited everyone in the community to visit them in an attempt to keep the community together and youth worker Peter Cross is chatting to the young people affected.

Aberdeen City Council has set up a dedicated support number for anyone who has been affected by this incident. The number, which becomes active at 8am tomorrow is 01244 264299.

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