Scotland | Lunch time murders in Aberdeen school

  • By Andrew Paterson




Cults Academy, High School and College in Aberdeen, Scotland, has 1,050 pupils and is one of Scotland’s best-performing schools, serving pupils from age 11 to 18.

At 13:30 today the emergency services were called to the school, with one 16 year old arrested, another killed, in an apparent stabbing.

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Police are treating the death of the pupil , named locally as Bailey Gwynne, at Cults Academy as a murder inquiry.

Head teacher Anna Muirhead said the victim was “very gentle” and “caring” and pupils and staff were in a “state of total shock”.

She added: “I think it is fair to say the whole school community is totally devastated but at the moment, of course, our thoughts are with the boy’s family.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said via Twitter: “All my thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man who has tragically died at Cults Academy.”

Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing said: “I am deeply saddened by the news that one of our pupils has died following an incident at Cults Academy today. I am sure that I speak for everyone across the city when I say how shocking this is. I would like to offer my sincere sympathy to the boy’s family and friends at this most difficult time.”

The school will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Counselling is being offered to anyone affected by the incident.