TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -At least 14 students and a teacher were injured after a knife fight between two teenagers turned in a bloodbath. The student who started the fight may have been inspired by the Columbine High School massacre, according to reports.
The incident happened at school number 127 at 10:19am local time (5:19am GMT), as the students returned to school after the Christmas and New Year’s break.
It began when a knife fight broke out between the 11th grader and a former student “on the grounds of personal enmity,”Perm region’s Investigative Committee spokeswoman, Irina Neznamenova, told RT. The brawl then spilled into a classroom with fourth grade students. “The teacher and children tried to separate them, receiving injuries as a result,” the spokeswoman added.
Initial reports on the incident said the school had been attacked by masked assailants.
At least 15 people were injured, according to the head of the Perm region’s press office. Twelve people were taken to hospital. A teacher and two teenagers are in a serious condition, while others received “slight injuries.” One of them, however, is said to have been taken to a police station, according to the region’s National Guard.
“I went to the school. The situation is horrible, the assailants’ motives remain unclear,” the regional children’s rights ombudsman, Svetlana Denisova, said. “These are fourth graders,” she went on, referring to the injured students. Psychologists are assisting the students’ parents as well as the other children who witnessed the incident.
The teacher was stabbed in the neck and is now receiving treatment in hospital, local medical authorities said. The mother of one of the students told RIA Novosti that the teacher intervened to help younger children flee the scene of the fight.
Pictures of the school floor, covered with blood, are circulating on social media. Security personnel arrived within minutes of the incident and saw children “running in all directions, away from school, some of them bloodstained,” the security firm’s director, Andrey Kozeyev, told RIA Novosti.
“The children were in shock,” recalled one of the employees at a nearby shopping mall, where the frightened students sought refuge.