16-year-old charged in connection with school stabbing

UNITED KINGDOM- A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the death of fellow pupil Bailey Gwynne, reported The Telegraph.

Bailey, 16, was stabbed in the stomach at Cults Academy on Wednesday lunchtime. He was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was pronounced dead around two hours later.

The eldest of five brothers, he dreamed of joining the Royal Marines and was described by his head teacher Anna Muirhead as a "popular, gentle and caring" pupil.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "We can confirm that a 16-year-old male has been charged in relation to the death of 16-year-old Bailey Gwynne on Wednesday 28 October 2015.

"The male is expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Friday 30 October 2015."

The school's head teacher Anna Muirhead, was quoted by The Telegraph, saying: "Pupils and staff are in a state of total shock. The boy involved was a very gentle, caring pupil, with a lot of friends.

"I think it's fair to say the whole school community is totally devastated. At the moment of course our thoughts are all with the boy's close family and his friends and what they must be going through at this tragic time."

Cults Academy Parent Council said in a statement that the school was a trusted and highly reputable seat of learning and it was "beyond belief" that such a tragedy could happen there.

The incident is the first fatal attack in a Scottish school since 2012 when a 15-year-old who killed a fellow pupil at Rosshall Academy, Glasgow, was jailed for three and a half years after admitting culpable homicide.

Euan Craig14, suffered serious head injuries after being punched repeatedly in the gym and died in hospital the next day.