14-year-old in custody after boy stabbed in neck

A 14-year-old Invercargill pupil has been remanded in custody after allegedly stabbing another pupil in Invercargill on Tuesday.

Detective Sergeant Sean Cairns said a male pupil was stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors shortly before 2pm.

A 14-year-old appeared in the Invercargill Youth Court yesterday charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The injuries to the victim were not life-threatening, Det Sgt Cairns said.

A Southern District Health Board spokeswoman said the victim was discharged from Southland Hospital yesterday.

The school principal confirmed the school had launched an internal inquiry and was co-operating with police, but would not comment further yesterday.

The school notified the Ministry of Education of the incident.

Ministry deputy secretary, sector enablement and support, Katrina Casey said it had been talking to the school and would continue to offer support.

''We do not consider that there is a systemic culture of violence and bullying at the school.

''We are aware of the nature of the incident but will not be commenting further as this matter has been referred to the police,'' she said.

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