The scene of the stabbing at Mangere's Pacific Christian
School. Photo NZ Herald
The child stabbed in the head in a classroom altercation
in Mangere hasn't woken from his coma since the incident.
The 11-year-old victim was believed to have been stabbed with
scissors during a fight at the Pacific Christian School with
another boy about midday on Tuesday.
Since emergency surgery that day, the boy has been in a coma
at the Starship children's hospital.
His family are gathered at his bedside. He remains in a
critical condition, and it is not known whether he will pull
If he does not survive, police will then have to decide
whether to charge his 11-year-old alleged attacker.
"It will be very much a case of the next few days to see what
happens," Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said.
Due to the age of the alleged offender, police say no charges
can be laid in relation to the fight.
The only charges a minor under the age of 12 can face are
murder and manslaughter.
Police were still interviewing about a dozen children who
witnessed the attack in the Mangere classroom.
The children were unsupervised at the time; the teacher was
out of the room, Mr Lynch said.
A source close to the family of the alleged attacker this
week said he had been "really, really badly" bullied for more
than a year - allegations they claim were not investigated by
the Pacific Christian School.
The school would not comment this week on whether bullying
was an issue and did not return calls yesterday.
Labour education spokesman Chris Hipkins said he would have
"expected" the school to investigate any bullying
allegations, with Ministry of Education assistance.
"A serious matter like that raised by the family, the
ministry should look very closely - with the school - to get
to the bottom of things.
"In any case, where there's allegations of bullying, the
school needs to thoroughly investigate it."
Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support
Katrina Casey said advice and support would be offered to the
There was nothing the ministry could force the private school
"Schools are responsible for managing behaviour - including
bullying - in collaboration with parents and the wider
community. We provide a range of support for schools to help
them do this. In a state school, we would support the board
of trustees in any investigation into bullying, where that
"Even though Pacific Christian School is a private school, we
are happy to similarly support its principal or board of
proprietors in any investigation into bullying, if they
receive a complaint."
In some cases, schools would be advised to involve other
agencies, such as the police or Child, Youth and Family, she
The ministry would be offering the school support in
implementing the practices from a new anti-bully book,
released last week.
"We will continue to work with the school for as long as
needed and are happy to support it with any issues."