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Carine Senior High School stabbing: Police responding to violent assault at college in Perth’s north

Phil HickeyThe West Australian
Police at the scene fo the stabbing.
Camera IconPolice at the scene fo the stabbing. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

A 16-year-old boy has been stabbed in the back at a high school in Perth’s northern suburbs.

The shocking incident unfolded just after 10am at Carine Senior High School.

The West understands the boy has been stabbed in the back at least twice.

A girl, aged 15, was taken into custody as a result of the incident.

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At this stage, the boy’s injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

The girl who was taken into custody a short time after the incident also has injuries to her neck.

It’s believed those injuries were self-inflicted.

It’s unclear where exactly the stabbing took place and what sort of weapon was used.

Both teens have been taken by ambulance to different Perth hospitals and police remain on the scene.

A student is comforted on the school grounds after the stabbing.
Camera IconA student is comforted on the school grounds after the stabbing. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

In a letter sent out to parents on Thursday morning, the school’s principal Damian Shuttleworth confirmed a “serious incident” had occurred between two students.

“I’m contacting you to let you know that a serious incident involving two students occurred at the school this morning,” Mr Shuttleworth stated.

“I want to reassure you that the police attended, the situation was quickly contained, and there is no cause for ongoing concern.

“We have prioritised support for staff and students following this incident.”

In a statement, a WA Police spokesman said Mirrabooka detectives were investigating the incident — which was now “contained”.

“Two students — aged 15 and 16 — were involved in the incident during which one student inflicted injuries against the other,” the police spokesman said.

“Police believe the injuries were inflicted by an edged weapon. The injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

“No other persons were involved.

“Both students are with police and currently receiving medical treatment in hospital.

Police at the scene fo the stabbing.
Camera IconPolice at the scene fo the stabbing. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

“There is no threat to the school or the wider community, the situation is contained.”

One Year 10 student, Calvin Philbrick, said she heard police and emergency sirens around the school during first period.

“It is like it’s very nerve-racking,” she said. “I would say they were friends, which is very surprising that this would happen because they didn’t know each other.“In my opinion, both people are very nice people. So I’m also very surprised that this has happened because I do like both of those people. They are nice people. I don’t know why this has happened.”

The student suspects that bullying may have been involved.

Although sirens were heard, the 15-year-old said she only heard about the incident during second period, and initially thought it was a rumour as the school had not been evacuated.“The boys were talking about it and then eventually, we saw cops outside like roaming the open area and then we realised that it might be true,” she said.

“When the bell went, we went to go see where it was and there were cops everywhere.

“I believe they should have locked us down if there was a stabbing.

“We shouldn’t have to come to school and fear for our lives just because there’s a stabbing and we shouldn’t come to school and be worried that there might be a stabbing because school is meant to be a safe place for us where we should learn and grow as people and not be harmed.

As soon as students found out, they called their parents to be picked up.

“We didn’t go into lockdown. The first thing you’d expect when someone is attacked is that we would go into lockdown. What if that student came for other students?”

Another student, who cannot be identified, said she saw police wrapping up a knife, similar to a steak knife, and putting it in a cylinder container.

It is understood the incident happened inside a classroom at the top level of the English classroom block at the school.

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