At least 15 pupils were stabbed with a diabetic insulin needle wielded by another pupil at their junior school, it has been claimed.
The boy allegedly got hold of the needle before attacking his classmates at St Joseph’s Junior School in Port Talbot, South Wales.
The children were offered advice and treatment at Morriston Hospital in Swansea following the incident last week, and the school has apologised to parents.
The incident happened at St Joseph’s Junior School (file picture) in Port Talbot, South Wales
The victims at the Roman Catholic school are expected to need hepatitis injections, blood tests and other check-ups for the rest of the year.
A source told WalesOnline: ‘A boy got hold of a diabetic insulin needle. He stabbed 15 other pupils over the space of two hours, another child had to remove it and got pricked in the process.’
School headmistress Caroline May said: ‘The school would again like to express its sincere apologies to all pupils involved.
‘All pupils involved have been assessed by medical professionals and we have had reassurances that there is no further cause for concern.
The children were offered advice and treatment at Morriston Hospital (pictured) in Swansea
‘The school has since met with the parents of these pupils to discuss the issue and is reviewing its procedures around pupils who need to self-medicate to mitigate any future risks of such an incident reoccurring.’
Andy Macnab, an emergency medicine consultant at the hospital, said: ‘Needle-stick injuries are relatively common and we have well worked out procedures to deal with them.
‘Most injuries are low risk. We are making arrangements to see each of the children and offer them appropriate advice and treatment.’
Neath Port Talbot Council, which has been dealing with press enquiries, did not confirm the number of pupils who were stabbed.