Emergency services were called to a Sydney high school on Thursday morning after eight pupils were stabbed with a syringe in what has been described as a schoolyard “prank”.
New South Wales Police confirmed that they were called to Plumpton High School just before midday on Thursday following the incident, with those involved set to attend a medical centre to undergo blood testing as a precaution to screen for any potential diseases that could have been transmitted from the needle.
As the teens await testing, police confirmed that they are yet to speak to the individual believed to be responsible, while the NSW Department of Education confirmed that students and staff were being supported by counsellors, if needed.
A spokesperson for New South Wales Police confirmed that they were still conducting inquiries at the school, adding that they are yet to speak to the individual believed to be responsible for the incident.
“About 11.50am (Thursday 25 October 2018), emergency services were called to Hyatts Road, Plumpton,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Police have been told a student was doing what appears to be a prank which involved a needle.
“As a result, eight teenagers received a minor needle prick. They will attend a medical centre for testing as a pre-caution.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Education told Starts at 60: “A Plumpton High School student attended school with an implement that was used to prick other students. The emergency services were called and attended the school. Parents were immediately notified.
‘The school will be taking strong disciplinary action against this student. Staff and students are being supported and additional resources have been deployed to the school assist, including counselling support.”
Earlier reports by the ABC suggested that the teenagers had been injured during a brawl at the school in Sydney’s west, while The Daily Telegraph reported that the victims had suffered stab wounds to their hands and legs.
Plumpton High School declined to comment to Starts at 60.