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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
John Scheerhout

Girl of 14 stabbed at a school in south Manchester was attacked with a broken bottle

A girl of 14 who suffered serious injuries in a stabbing at a school in south Manchester was attacked with a broken bottle, the M.E.N. understands.

The attack at Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury on Tuesday lunchtime left the girl in hospital with serious injuries.

Today (Wednesday) the M.E.N. has learned the stabbing was inflicted by a broken glass bottle. The school, rated 'good' by Ofsted inspectors, has made no public comment since the incident.

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The attack happened at around 1.10pm on Tuesday. The pupil was taken to hospital with serious injuries where she remained on Tuesday night. No update has been provided on the condition of the girl by either the police nor the school, which has so far not commented publicly on the attack.

A boy, also aged 14, has been arrested by police. The school has continued to operate as normal despite the shocking incident, with the M.E.N. aware after-school clubs were running as usual on Tuesday evening.

Police and paramedics were called to Parrs Wood High at 1.10pm and the injured girl was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

The attack is said to have happened in the playground. The school has sent parents an email confirming brief details of the incident and saying some pupils may arrive home upset following events at the school. Parents have been urged by the school not to comment about the attack on social media.

Police and paramedics were called to Parrs Wood High at 1.10pm on Tuesday The injured girl was taken to hospital by ambulance. She was stabbed with a 'sharp instrument' police said in a statement, although officers also clarified the weapon was not a knife.

The M.E.N. has now learned a broken glass bottle was used in the attack. Both the school and Manchester City Council have said they will not comment on the incident.

A 'short inspection' carried out by Ofsted in May 2019 said the school, judged 'good' in 2013, had 'maintained the good quality of education'.

The report said: "Pupils who spoke with inspectors report they feel safe in school. Staff agree that pupils are safe. Pupils learn about how to look after their own emotional health and how to stay safe. For instance, pupils learn about the dangers of knife crime and the possible negative effects of social media."

The school on Wilmslow Road has a sixth form and about 1,900 pupils aged 11 to 18 on the roll.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police on Tuesday night said: "Greater Manchester Police were called to reports of an incident at a school at Parrs Wood High School, Wilmslow Road in East Didsbury at around 1.10pm this afternoon, Tuesday 24 January 2023.

"Colleagues from North West Ambulance Service also attended the scene, where a 14-year-old girl had sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries, believed to have been caused by a sharp instrument.

"She remains in hospital for treatment and is being supported by specially trained detectives.

"A 14-year-old boy was arrested at the scene and taken into custody for questioning.

"A scene is still in place whilst investigations are ongoing. GMP are working with the local authority and the school to ensure that any child impacted by these events is offered the right care and support."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who has any information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 1472 of 24 January 2023.


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