Boy, 10, stabbed at school

ONE News August 22, 2011

A south Auckland boy was reportedly left bleeding heavily after being stabbed by another child following a lunchtime game of touch rugby. The New Zealand Herald reports the incident happened behind a classroom at Jean Batten Primary School in Mangere on Wednesday. …It comes as new figures show the number of five and six-year-olds stood down and suspended from school reaches a five year high. Bob McCoskrie from Family First NZ said he was not surprised by the attack or the increase in suspensions among primary school age students. “Schools are pressured to accept and accommodate increasingly defiant and unacceptable behaviour by children,” he said. “We have tried to bury our heads in the sand on this growing problem – but the problem hasn’t gone away and is only worsening.”