Nova Scotia

Teen charged in school stabbing

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with stabbing a classmate at a Halifax-area school.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with stabbing a classmate at a Halifax-area school.

On Monday, police responded to a 911 call that a boy had been stabbed in the neck and chest at Sir John A. Macdonald high school in Hubley.

"It was an isolated incident between two students," says principal Betty MacLeod. "It happened in the hall during the lunch break. It happened very quickly and without warning."

The 16-year-old victim went to the school office and asked for help, while the other boy fled the scene.

A police dog helped track down the 15-year old near the school, where he was arrested.

The teen appeared in youth court Tuesday charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. Under the conditions imposed by the court, he is not allowed back at the high school.

The 16-year old is in hospital recovering from non life-threatening injuries.

Two boys fought, students say

"It appears that there was an ongoing conflict between the victim and the accused in this case that escalated into yesterday's incident," says RCMP Const. Wendy Ruby.

Several high school students say the 15-year old has been teased and bullied over the years.

He had a rough life, says Grade 11 student Terra Brown. "There's been a lot of people tormenting him and everything. I don't know, I guess this just set him off."

Shannon MacLean, also in Grade 11, says the two boys never got along. "They've got in previous fights."

The principal says she knew nothing about the relationship between the two boys, but MacLeod says she has had to talk to the parents of the accused about him in the past.

The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is scheduled to be back in court April 8.