Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boy Stabbed during Lesson

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boy Stabbed during Lesson

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Byline: By Sarah Knapton, Brenda Hickman, and Jamie Diffley

Girl, 14, arrested over alleged attack

Recovering from a stab wound to his back, schoolboy Russell Elliott told today how violence suddenly flared in a Tyneside classroom.

Russell, 15, was targeted with a scalpel during a biology session at Seaton Burn High School, North Tyneside.

He felt a blow to the back but didn't realise he had been stabbed until he felt the blood.

Russell was taken to hospital with a minor puncture wound and was released after treatment.

At home in Bowman Drive, Dudley, he said: "We were in class learning how to get the starch out of potatoes when I felt a pain in my back.

"It was like an electric shock. I thought someone had used one of those joke electric pens on me.

"I didn't do anything for about two or three minutes because it didn't feel painful, but then I started to feel really dizzy and faint and it felt like I was sweating through the back of my shirt. And when I reached round the material was soaking wet.

"When I brought my hand back it was only then that I realised that it was blood and I knew I had been stabbed."

Police were called and arrested a girl, 14. She was questioned and bailed over the alleged attack, at 3pm yesterday.

It is understood the girl has been excluded from school while inquiries continue.

Police are investigating reports that the incident blew up after the girl was allegedly being taunted in the lesson.

Russell added: "One of my friends told the teacher because at that point I was starting to feel like I was going to faint, and they called an ambulance and I was taken to hospital.

"I don't know why she did it. We weren't having a fight or anything. I think she must have just been messing around, but I don't bear any grudge at all."

His mum Hazel said: "I got a phone call about 10 past three yesterday saying there had been an incident at the school. …

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