Teacher, students stabbed at Sydney high school; boy arrested

A teacher and two students were stabbed at Bonnyrigg High School in Sydney this morning, and another student has been arrested.

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New South Wales Police say the arrested student is a 16-year-old boy, who was found at a carpark opposite the school in Sydney’s west, and that three knives were seized. The boy is being questioned at Fairfield Police Station.

The teacher, a 48-year-old woman, and the students – a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, who were both in Year 11 – were taken to hospital but their injuries aren’t thought to be life-threatening. The teacher was stabbed in the back, the boy in the chest and the girl in the shoulder.

“The student is a local resident, he’s not known to police, this is not terrorism-related,” police have told the media of the arrested boy, adding that the teacher had been in a classroom getting ready for the school day when the incident occurred. It is not yet known what interactions the teacher and the students had with the boy, police say.

A statement on the school’s website says that a state of lockdown ended at just before 10am local time and that classes have resumed as normal.

Media outlets ran photographs from the scene that appeared to show the knives included a meat cleaver.

Police urged anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers or 1800 333 000.