Sittingbourne school stabbing witnesses praised for being 'calm'

Staff and students at a Kent school where a 17-year-old was stabbed on Friday have been praised for remaining "calm" by their head teacher.

The boy injured at Sittingbourne Community College is thought to have been stabbed with a pair of scissors.

Head teacher Alan Barham said: "I cannot praise the staff and senior students highly enough who so calmly and swiftly dealt with the situation."

Kent Police said another 17-year-old boy was arrested and released on bail.

A force spokesman said the arrested boy is understood not to be a student at Sittingbourne Community College, in Swanstree Avenue.

Mr Barham said the student was injured during a charity football match at the school.

He received four stitches at the Medway Maritime Hospital for minor stab wounds and was later released.

Mr Barham said the school would offer staff and pupils emotional support from Monday.

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