A 14-year-old girl has been arrested police after she allegedly stabbed another 17-year-old student at a North Adelaide school.
Officers attended the school about 3:00pm in response to reports that a student was stabbed with a knife in the shoulder by a girl in a bathroom.
Police arrested the Year 9 suspect, who they are interviewing.
She is expected to be charged with aggravated assault.
Eastern District Chief Inspector Matt Nairn told reporters the students were known to each other through the school.
“What we are aware of is a female student of 14 years has inflicted a stab wound to the shoulder of a 17-year-old student within the school grounds,” Chief Inspector Nairn said.
“What I can say is the school has acted admirably, locking it down, dealing with the victim and making sure that the victim is adequately treated.”
The injured Year 12 girl was taken to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for treatment to a laceration to her shoulder.
The injury is not considered life-threatening.
There are no reports of any other injuries.
“At this stage the injury is minor and we can report that the child has gone to hospital,” Chief Inspector Nairn said.
He said the suspect had been detained by police and would also go to hospital for an assessment of her mental state.
The weapon was recovered.
“We are looking at serious charges in regard to an assault, which is an aggravated assault involving the weapon,” Chief Inspector Nairn said.
Counselling to be offered to students
Catholic Education assistant director Michael Kenny said it was a “regrettable but a very isolated incident”.
“Appropriate care and support is being provided to all those involved, including the staff and the students and we will have counselling and other arrangements on site tomorrow to support the school community,” Mr Kenny said.
“And obviously the wellbeing of the girls involved, their families and the broader school community remains our priority and our focus at this time.”
Lee Tran, a father of a girl at the school said he was “shocked to hear the news”.
“I’m just worried for my kid,” Mr Tran said.
“Next year I’ll have another kid attending this school so I’m very nervous right now.”
He said the school had a very good reputation.
“I would never expect anything like this in my dreams,” he said.
The incident comes more than a week after another stabbing at Renmark High School, in South Australia’s Riverland.
An 18-year-old woman charged over the stabbing was remanded in custody.