A 15-year-old boy in West Yorkshire (UK) is in critical condition tonight after being “pinned down and repeatedly stabbed” in the area of a school. But the lad died a short time later, prompting a murder investigation, The Sun reported.
Just before 3 o’clock today, the unidentified teen was allegedly attacked in Woodhouse Hill, close to the entrance to North Huddersfield Trust School.
Police have not yet identified the assault as a stabbing, but Yorkshire Live reports that the boy was airlifted to the hospital and is now in a “critical condition.”
A father, aged 46, who has a son at the school told the paper: ‘It was a scary moment when I heard there had been trouble and a teacher answered my 14-year-old son’s phone. I understand he may have witnessed some of what happened.
‘I was asked by staff to come and collect him. I’ve heard that it all came out of nowhere. This pupil was grabbed, pinned to the floor and stabbed repeatedly.’
Roads near the incident have been closed off by Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and parents say they are very worried.
Another father, whose daughter attends the school, said the increase in crime in the neighborhood “needs to be addressed” and added, “My daughter just started there and was getting on the bus home.” A student was stabbed by a boy wearing a black hat and snood who then fled after stabbing him.
‘She saw the scuffle but didn’t see the knife or blood. The bus had just pulled up as it happened so blocked some of the incident – she seems OK but still processing it I think. It’s only her third week or so at this new school.’
He added that the area was starting to ‘feel like a crime drama.’
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: ‘At 2.54pm this afternoon police received a third-party report that a teenager had been seriously injured in an assault in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield.
‘Emergency services attended and a 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
‘A police cordon has been put in place as enquiries are underway to establish the circumstances.’
Another local, 41, whose nephew attends the school near the scene of the stabbing, branded the incident ‘shocking’.
He added: ‘My nephew is in year 7 and this is his first year of high school. This kind of stuff can traumatise kids. He’s safe and I’ve spoken to his mum who is worried.’
Pictures taken earlier today showed at least half a dozen police cars responding to the incident.
At least one ambulance had also been sent to the scene.
Local councillor Amanda Pinnock branded the incident ‘serious’ but said she was still waiting for more details from the police.