A ‘completely devastated’ school has paid tribute to a 15-year-old pupil stabbed to death outside its gates yesterday.
North Huddersfield Trust School Headmaster Andrew Fell praised the “wonderful student”, whose name has yet to be released after a murder investigation was launched.
The Woodhouse Hill incident occurred shortly before 3:00 p.m. yesterday, with parents who claim a child was pinned to the ground and stabbed repeatedly.
Mr Fell said: ‘Our deepest condolences go out to the student’s family and friends who must be, like us, completely devastated.
‘They have lost a loved one and we have lost a wonderful student from our school community.’
The teenager died in hospital following the attack at 2:45 p.m., West Yorkshire Police said.
Later this morning it was announced that a 16-year-old boy had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
In a statement posted on the school’s website, Mr. Fell continued: “It is with great sadness that I must tell you that following an incident on Woodhouse Hill Road yesterday, one of our students tragically lost his life.”
The student was taken by ambulance to the hospital after the incident, but despite the most valiant efforts, the medical staff were unable to save his life.
‘This is truly shocking news for our students, their children and our staff. We will provide specialized support to anyone in our community that you feel could benefit.”
The statement explains that the school will not open until 10:30 am this morning and only for students who need support.
The victim was treated at the scene and taken to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency surgery, according to police.
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The student was pronounced dead a short time later, and detectives from the force’s Major Investigation and Homicide Team are leading the investigation.
Fell added: “West Yorkshire Police have launched an urgent investigation so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
“I urge everyone not to get involved in speculation about possible causes or perpetrators and allow the police to do their investigations.”
The senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Marc Bowes, said police identified several witnesses.
“Our investigation is still at a very early stage, and we will conduct thorough investigations to establish all the circumstances surrounding this incident that resulted in the absolutely senseless loss of a young life,” he said.
“We recognize that an incident of this nature will cause understandable shock and concern in the community, and we are working closely with our colleagues in the Kirklees district, who are increasing their presence in the area to reassure people and keep them up to date. as our investigation progresses.
“We have already identified several witnesses to the incident itself, but we would still like to hear from anyone who has information that could help the investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 101 or online citing the crime reference 13220521713.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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