Shock stabbing leaves 'trail of blood' over school playground

by Charlotte Newton A 13-year-old school boy is recovering after allegedly being stabbed in the playground by a fellow pupil. Perry Dickens, who is a pupil at Highgate Wood School, in Montenotte Road, Hornsey, suffered a leg injury after being struck with a sharp object, on

A 13-year-old school boy is recovering after allegedly being stabbed in the playground by a fellow pupil.

Perry Dickens, who is a pupil at Highgate Wood School, in Montenotte Road, Hornsey, suffered a leg injury after being struck with a sharp object, on Tuesday (February 26) morning. He was taken to the Whittington Hospital by ambulance.

Highgate Wood School was awash with rumours on Thursday, as pupils discussed the incident.

One student, who asked not to be named, said: "I've heard Perry was stabbed by a pupil after an argument. There was a trail of blood all over the play ground, and the police were here, searching the bins for the weapon."


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A sixth-form pupil said: "There are so many stories going round, some people said the victim was stabbed with a broken bottle and other people are saying it was a knife. "The headteacher hasn't made an announcement or explained what happened."

Patrick Cozier, Headmaster of Highgate Wood School, said: "On Tuesday, there was an incident between two pupils in the playground. Emergency services were called and a 13-year-old boy was taken to the hospital. Parents were informed. No serious injuries occurred.

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"The matter is now being dealt with by the police. I can reassure parents that the school is taking all necessary steps to prevent this sort of incident occurring. Incidents like this are extremely rare at Highgate Wood but we take them very seriously.

"I am unable to comment any further at this point as I would not wish to say anything that could possibly prejudice any police investigation. I will keep parents and carers informed as and when I am able to. Any parents with concerns are welcome to contact me."

A police spokeswoman said: "On Tuesday, at 11.20am, police were called to reports of an assault at a school in Hornsey.

" Police arrived to find the victim, a 13-year-old boy, with a wound to his leg.

"It is believed that the wound was caused by a sharp object. London Ambulance Service attended and took the victim to the Whittington hospital. He was discharged later that day.

A sixteen-year-old boy at the school - who cannot be named for legal reasons - has been arrested. He has been bailed until April, pending further inquiries.

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