Girl, 13, charged with attempted murder after two teachers and pupil stabbed at Welsh school

 (BBC News)
(BBC News)

A 13-year-old girl has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after two teachers and a student were stabbed at a school in South Wales.

Pupils at Amman Valley School, also known as Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, in Carmarthenshire went into lockdown just after 11.20am on Wednesday after the stabbing at the end of morning break.

Two teachers and a pupil were hurt in the incident but have now been released from hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed on Thursday that a teenage girl has been charged with three counts of attempted murder.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested later on Wednesday after police received reports about messages on social media referring to the stabbing.

Police executed a warrant at the boy’s home, in the nearby Cross Hands area, and recovered a BB gun.

He remains in custody, Supt Evans said.

He added: “While this investigation is being run separately to our enquiries into events at the school, our officers are seeking to establish if there was a connection between the alleged offences.

“Again, I would urge people not to speculate, not to share any images or videos relating to either investigation, and to allow us to carry out our enquiries fully.

“If you, or your children, are distressed by these events, please seek support from an appropriate agency.

“Finally, I would once again like to thank our colleagues at the Welsh Ambulance Service and Wales Air Ambulance Service for their swift response to this incident, as well as the NHS staff who treated those who were injured, the charitable organisations who are supporting those affected by this incident, and the vigilant members of the public who reported their concerns to us.”

One of the teachers injured in the attack has been named as Fiona Elias, the head of year seven, by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman.

The second adult is reported to be Liz Hopkin, a special needs teacher.

The spokesman said the Prime Minister’s thoughts are with those injured and offered praise for staff and students for responding so calmly and bravely to the incident.