The boy who allegedly stabbed his 11-year-old schoolmate in
the head had been bullied at school for over a year and may
have "just snapped", sources say.
About a dozen children witnessed the incident in a South
Auckland classroom and there was no teacher present.
An adult source close to the boy's family said he would
sometimes come home in tears after playground bullying.
The alleged attack with scissors during a fight with the
other boy was completely outside his usual demeanour, the
"It's just not in his nature. He gets frightened and hates
confrontation. He hates violence.
"He's such a great boy, I don't know what came over him. He's
not dangerous, he's not what people think he is. He has a
heart of gold."
He had been bullied at the Pacific Christian School in
Mangere for "over a year now", and might have finally acted
At the police station on Tuesday afternoon, after the fight
that morning, the boy was in tears, the source said.
"He said the [other] boy was mocking his mum and dad. I think
... he realised. I could see the remorse on his face. He was
The boy, also 11, had been involved in other fights at school
but always only "to protect himself", the source said.
The school had been made aware of the bullying by his family
in the past couple of months.
"He's ... been bullied for over a year now and he's just
snapped. It doesn't matter how old you are, a human being can
only take so much," the source said.
The injured boy remained in a critical but stable condition
at the Starship hospital last night. His family would not
comment on the incident yesterday.
School principal Lisita Paongo also declined to comment,
saying she wanted to focus on helping the pupils involved, as
well as those who had witnessed the stabbing.
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said witnesses still needed to
be interviewed. No charges had yet been laid.
Katrina Casey, Ministry of Education head of sector
enablement and support, said its traumatic incident team had
been providing support, "and they will continue to provide
support for as long as it is needed".
- Sam Boyer of the New Zealand Herald