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Teen dies after school stabbing

Published måndag 11 januari 2016 kl 19.26
Göingeskolan i Broby. Foto: Anna Dahlbeck/Sveriges Radio.
The Göinge school in Broby, a town in the southern Swedish region of Skåne. Photo: Anna Dahlbeck/Sveriges Radio.

A 15-year-old died in hospital Monday after being stabbed by another pupil at a school in southern Sweden.

The stabbing took place at the Göinge school in the southern Swedish town of Broby at lunch-time on Monday. The 15-year-old victim was brought to hospital, where he later died. The 14-year-old pupil who stabbed him was first remanded by school staff and later by police, who also questioned him.

On Monday evening, mourners lit candles and placed flowers at the school entrance.

"We think the two boys had a conflict which escalated, but we don't know the exact details of the conflict," police spokesperson Jimmy Modin told Swedish Radio.

A crisis group has been set up and the school will remain open for pupils who want support, but Tuesday's classes have been cancelled.

"I will be at the school along with a crisis team which we have started here in order to figure out how to handle things tomorrow," Bertil Håkansson, security coordinator at the East Göinge municipality, told Swedish Radio.

On Tuesday, police and security officers will also patroll the school, which has around 230 pupils.

In a statement to news agency TT, Sweden's minister for education, Gustav Fridolin, said: "Our thoughts are with the relatives, friends and school staff. Nobody should have to go through this at school. Schools should be safe spaces for everyone. We should never, ever have to get used to the thought of there being fear of violence and knives in children's lives."

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