School 'stabbing': Head teacher pays tribute to gentle, caring 16-year-old boy


A 16-year-old boy who died following an alleged stabbing at an Aberdeen secondary school was a gentle, caring pupil who had lot of friends, his head teacher has said.

Cults Academy head teacher Anna Muirhead said the school community is "totally devastated" and in shock following the incident, which police are treating as a murder inquiry.

The teenager, understood to be fifth-year pupil Bailey Gwynne, was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries after police were called to the school in the west of the city at about 1.30pm. He died a short time later in hospital.

A 16-year-old boy has been detained in connection with the incident and is said to be helping police with their inquiries.

Speaking to reporters tonight, Ms Muirhead said: "Pupils and staff are in a state of total shock. The boy involved was a very gentle, caring pupil, with a lot of friends.

"I think it's fair to say the whole school community is totally devastated. At the moment of course our thoughts are all with the boy's close family and his friends and what they must be going through at this tragic time."