One male student has been killed at the prestigious Cults Academy in Scotland. The incident happened during lunchtime on the afternoon of October 28 at the school in the granite city of Aberdeen.
This is a breaking story so stay tuned for updates.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. The Local Police Aren’t Saying Much
The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that police were called to the school at 1:30 p.m. GMT. In a statement, the Aberdeen City Council said “We are aware of a serious incident at Cults Academy. Police are on site. Due to the nature of this incident we will not be issuing further comment.”
2. The Suspect Is Also a Student
The victim, a male student, was taken to a nearby hospital with “serious injuries.” It was later confirmed that he had died. Sky News reports that the suspect is also a student. He is a 16-year-old student. The network adds that the suspect is co-operating with police.
3. Parents of Students Have Amassed at the School
Concerned parents have arrived at the school but are not being allowed to enter the premises. Scottish Television reports that the victim is a native of the Mayculter area of Aberdeen.
4. The School Is the Largest in Scotland
The school was Scotland’s school of the year in 2008 as voted for by the Sunday Times newspaper. It is the largest state school in the country. In the BBC report on the stabbing, the area of Cults is referred to as “as one of Aberdeen’s more affluent suburbs.” The school is the alma-mater of Scottish soccer players Darren Ferguson and Shaun Maloney, as well as former Scotland rugby captain Jason White.
5. Scotland Played Host to the Worst School Attack in the UK’s History
Scotland played host to the worst school attack in the history of the United Kingdom. In March 1996, Thomas Hamilton walked into the Dunblane Primary School and killed sixteen children and one teacher before committing suicide.