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Teenager Stabbed By Craft Knife

Tuesday July 16 2013


Horizon Horizon


A TEENAGER at Horizon College was stabbed by another pupil using a craft knife.

It happened as the pair, both in year nine, were walking home from school at about 2.15pm last Friday.

Police said a boy, 14, was walking along Shaw Lane, Barnsley, when he was approached by another 14-year-old boy.

The pair argued and the first boy is believed to have been stabbed in the shoulder with a craft knife by the second boy, a police spokesman said.

Police and paramedics attended to treat the minor injury and the culprit was arrested and bailed.

A school spokesman: "The college is aware of the incident and will continue to work with the police.

"In the meantime, we would like to reassure parents the action taken by the college will reflect the seriousness of this isolated incident."

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Reply Posted by Robbie on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 10:40
What is wrong with that generation? A stabbing? I blame computer games personally. I had a child tell me that a Hippo and a Duck sleep in the same bed at night.... eh?

Reply Posted by gamer666 on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 11:51
seriously you blame video games!!!! you really need to grow up and get a grip video games and tv arent to blame. kids these days have no respect and no disaplin due to parents not giving a shit on what their kids are up to

Reply Posted by flapper on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 14:18
ye gamer 666, the parents dont give a shit what thier kids are up to, so long as theyre sat in a corner playing mindless games...it keeps them quiet. These are the same beat em up and stab em games eh? Suppose you have a grip of the real world ....playing on GAMES??? Some parents are too busy playing the games themselves to care what thier kids are up to. Wake up and smell the coffee... your name reflects what you,re about.

Reply Posted by Flooz on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 16:09
I think blaming video games is an idiotic attempt at blaming something that cannot be proven. I have worked for both microsoft and sega both who distribute millions of games a year so i know what i am talking about. A 14 year old boy is bound to be playing video games as they all do so this cannot be the cause as it would happen more often. Surely there are other aspects to this then assuming vidoe games are to answer like maybe he had a violent history or peer pressure both of which are more likely to be a cause. You should not blame something you do not understand i have been playing video games for 20 years and have never stabbed anyone. Maybe if people of your generation understood video games maybe you would not be in fear of what you do not understand. Get a grip some kid stabbed someone it is him to blame not something else.

Reply Posted by Jamie on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 16:12
Seriously? I've been playing video games my whole life and never stabbed anyone in school, the games I played as a child were violent: streets of rage, double dragon, altered beast, mortal kombat, etc... Those were some of the most popular games back in the early 90's and were all 'Beat 'em up' games. Btw, people don't play 'Beat 'em up's' anymore, get with the times.

Reply Posted by craig on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 17:16
gamer666 is quite right, if you cant distinguish fiction from reality then some might say you have mental issues. im a gamer and have been all my life. i dont go around stabbing people or thieving. its the parents and the soft schools who dont know how to deal with problem children. dont punish the masses for the stupid inbred few.

Reply Posted by PTS on Thursday July 18 2013 at 18:28
I Agree Entirely.

Reply Posted by Chris on Sunday July 21 2013 at 22:37
Video games are not to blame, the parents are. If you look back a good couple years when vhs players and videos were becoming popular, and kids you could buy them freely, no age ratings, nothing. Then when something bad happened one parent said 'your son watched this film thats why he did it' then people jumped the bandwagon and films were blamed. Young children CAN be influenced by this material, but it is not to blame. If the kid hasn't been taught that what he is seeing is wrong, how will he know? you give a violent game to a million people and not even 1% would go out and 'reenact' it. If this was the case you'd have the older generation painting themselves yellow, running round the street eating pills and chasing ghosts while shouting 'waka-waka-waka'. People don't want to see it as the parents or kids fault and need something else to blame, and the easiest thing to do is blame video games, because everyone will just accept it. what has happened here is genuinely awful, i'm glad it was only a minor injury but it could have been worse. so,ewhere along the line is a case of poor discipline and this is the issue that needs to be addressed, not video games.

Reply Posted by Nicky Hyde (WAB admin) on Sunday July 21 2013 at 23:15
And his spelling of "disaplin" lol

Reply Posted by kayleigh on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 10:49
The amount of bullying going on in that school is discusting they need to pull their finger out and get this sorted its ridiculous!!!

Reply Posted by mb on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 10:54
Computer games realy? I guess tom trying his hardest to kill jerry is to blame for the older generation then. Its shocking and im not saying its not but games lol

Reply Posted by dave on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 10:55
Its parhetic that people can blame computers and tv for this kind of thing..grow up and be real...

Reply Posted by Simon on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 10:57
Lets face facts schools couldn't give a toss about bullying as it looks bad on their ofsted report so they ignore it. So answer is take it to the police and local newspapers to deal with, soon the namby pamby staff in schools will get tough.

Reply Posted by Bob on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 11:00
There are a lot of things going of at horizon that are getting swept under the carpet because they don't want people to know about it

Reply Posted by Adam on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 11:05
People who blame video games obviously don't play them or watch them being played. I have been playing them for 13 years and I don't walk around stabbing people. It's obviously something more to do with the individuals, they knew each other and had some form of prior disagreement, you can see that by reading the article. It's ridiculous that kids can't walk home without having something happen to them, but, its what we have to work with since older generations don't help and just point fingers and blindly blame things.

Reply Posted by jan on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 11:09
its the enviroment they are brought up in, not video or video games.

Reply Posted by glenys on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 11:11
Horizon needs a new headmaster who can turn it around Ofsted report not good .

Reply Posted by spandangled on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 11:27
I am sorry but I do not think school or computer games or anything else other than parents are to blame.... nature and nuture are what make us into well rounded human beings the problem is that parents have had all rights taken away when it comes to disciplining and punishing their children ( not that I agree with kids being beaten black and blue or owt) but this farsical government we have who all av kids that go to nice private schools and have no really bad influence around them other than (felicity and her pony!) took all parental rights away and with that have aloud our children to take the absolute piss out of us the parents and the schools and the aurthoritys cos in the famous words of that cocky 15 year old ( that we all know or have) "what u gunna do abart it???" its a sorry state of afairs :( rant over

Reply Posted by Spandangled on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 11:28
# ooops just read that back and in my rant the opening line is wrong politians not parents to blame x

Reply Posted by spandangled on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 11:31
though that being said there has always been lapsadaysical parents who just cant be arsed but they wud be a minority cos most parents wud discipline and try to make their child behave if they wernt scared to death of doing so

Reply Posted by Dave on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 13:32
2 words: THE CANE

Reply Posted by ET on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 13:45
old true saying, "Spare the rod and spoil the child".

Reply Posted by Anonymus on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 14:32
At first it was a child getting bullied to the extreme that he committed suicide (RIP) and now it children wanting to stab others, whats next?

Reply Posted by b on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 14:42
discipline thats whats missing in young peoples lifes nowadays
but all the nambipambies put payed to that didnt they
as soon as the nambis got a foot hold that was it
give the little sod a bloody good hideing never did me no harm and hasnt done my kids no harm but my grand kid i could string the little sods up

Reply Posted by Anne frank on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 14:58
The boy who stabbed the othr boy could've had mental health issues which isnt the fault of a parent

Reply Posted by k on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 15:46
To start with it wasn't a craft knife and you all have no idea what's going on in his life, blaming the parents is stupid and pathetic

Reply Posted by abi on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 16:06
this is all quite pathetic, its nothing to do with video games or movies, sometimes its not the parents fault either, yes ok some parents are rubbish and dont raise there child(ren) properly but its about the type of people the children are hanging around with, society today are treating children like babies and letting them get away with practically anything, im not saying every young person is some sort of criminal because some ( like myself) are quite polite and know the difference between right and wrong, but the punishments arent as servere. Im not saying bring back the cane im just saying if some teachers/parents werent so lazy and complete push overs young people would probably be better off.

Reply Posted by justme on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 16:20
oh plz always blame the parents too get lost me and my siblings had a great up bringing but yet my brother took drugs and became and alcoholic yet me and my other siblings always work never did drugs and rarely drink..how about blame the bloody person that did the deed there the ones accountable not games not friends nor family rant over.

Reply Posted by Jamie on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 16:26
I'm betting the child's parents are chavs.

Reply Posted by L on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 11:29
The child's parents are not 'chavs' i know them well. They've been trying to get the child help for years, and this incident is in no way their fault.

Reply Posted by donna on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 17:16
no 1 knos why this child hurt the other child ,,, yes wrong in witch way he did, But knowin the truth before blamin other things like games ,,,, tv parents , is wrong, both sides have family that prob read l this jabber have some respect cuz them who blame without knowin the storys r nothing but gossips , thanku for readin someone explain chav to meplease ??????????? cos to me this is a form off bullying to callin names just because wot they look like ??????

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 17:21
You could do with going to school yourself Donna. Where did you learn to read and write? If you can avoid massive blood loss associated with being stabbed you might get an education.

Reply Posted by len on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 17:43
its noting to do with games lads probley been getting bulled and its only thing h cud do
u see to think other lads innocent with out even nowing the real story

Reply Posted by charlie on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 17:55
as a pupil of horizon the school has done nothing to help year 9 calm down as many are now scared to walk home by them self many are now waiting to walk home with older brothers or sisters!!!

Reply Posted by Jamie on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 17:59
Welcome to the real world, Charlie, my boy.

Reply Posted by really ! on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 18:39
video games really ... I played pac man as a kid dunt see me going round muching ghosts idiots !! ..

Reply Posted by Mark on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 23:40
Games are to blame? Not even parents can be with their kids 24 hours a day. Its the society we live in where violence happens at the drop of a hat, no-one cares when it does erupt as they mind their own business. That, coupled with lack of discipline means kids can get away with whatever they want to. Kids do NOT understand consequence - in a society where we can't teach them without being accused of abuse.

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 00:22
The kids have to get 2 buses and avoid getting stabbed and bullied to death to get a second-rate education. Still, the theatre's nice and the dark green uniform should soak up the blood nicely so it's not all bad. Maybe with the move to Academy status they could be sponsored by Stanley, Gillette or Prozac.

Reply Posted by rach on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 08:41
Well im sorry but i would blame the parents, if my child ever did something like tht i would class it as a failure at parenting, im sorry but we had plenty of bullying in our school but weapons were never used, i think they need to be treat like adults, if this guy is old enough to stab someone.... And i dont for one second believe he didnt know what he was doing, then hes old enough to be tried for his crime..... Get the police involved and get him locked up, if he can be so cruel when still just a child then what are his hopes when he grows up? Also i reckon in any case like this social services ought to be all over his parents, he must have learnt his behaviour somewhere and they are ultimatly responsable for him

Reply Posted by L on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 11:34
I've known the parents for years and it's in no way their fault. The child has many problems that are nothing to do with his parents. so stop assuming you know the story when you don't know a thing.

Reply Posted by James on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 09:03
Lets face it. Video games, TV etc do not cause such acts. It has been proven countless times, bad parenting though, is a whole other story.

Reply Posted by Sarah on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 09:10
This is pathetic always looking for someone to blame! The lad in question picked up the knife not the parents, not a politition not the head master it clearly states it wasnt in school, but he also ahouldnt have been able to take one from there, children in general these days are out of hand have no respect for noone and do what they like and to hell with the consequences! I wouldnt dare speak to my parents or another adult the way they speak now and yeah stripping parents rights of being able to 'dicipline' their children probably has contributed, a smack on the arse never hurt me im 28 never been in trouble with the police never had a fight so it kept me in line and will my own child!

Reply Posted by Katherine on Sunday July 21 2013 at 22:10
I agree with some of the comments here but, really, none of you can make these judgements without knowing the boy or his family. Blaming video games is ridiculous anyway, but how do you even know if he plays video games? How do you know if he was behavioral/mental issues that led to this? How do you know if he was abused at home and this is why he behaves like this? How do we know if he has negligent parents or if his parents have done the best they can and it's peer pressure or bullying that has driven him to this?

None of you know anything other than the few details we've been given here, and so are in no place to judge the boy or his family.

Reply Posted by old kirk balker on Sunday July 21 2013 at 22:20
Joining 2 schools together to make 1 of the so called colleges is asking for trouble for the next few years? Because there was allways fighting between pupils of different schools.

Reply Posted by Horizon is trouble causing on Sunday July 28 2013 at 10:49
Old kirkbalker i dont know who you are but you must have left our school and also yeh kirkbalk might have had some fights other pupils from other schools sidnt injure kirkbalk pupils !!!

Reply Posted by Essy on Monday July 22 2013 at 06:19
You never know what has fully happened here and these comment boxes need removing. Everyone has opinions on stuff that happens but that's for each and every individual to keep in their own heads. #removecommentboxes!

Reply Posted by chillaxed on Monday July 22 2013 at 06:51
The problem with kids growing up now is lack of discipline in society.......
parents not spending enough time with there kids teaching them right from wrong, instead of getting them the new xbox and the latest games spend the money on a day out.... instead of the latest ipod ipad iphone or whatever else u get them picnic in the park i dont care what u do but get YOUR asses off the sofa and spend time with the children you had, this is not aimed at the majority of parents just the minority that blames there childs behaviour on everyone else but themselves. im not blaming video or computer games im blaming society in general...if u discipline your child you are going against there human rights, is neglecting them by not spending time with them abuse too????? yea blame horizon for a stabbing that happened streets away from the place because they both attend the school. well if they were both out of school NOT the schools fault...
as i see it the good kids are seeing the bad kids getting away with bad behaviour so they feel they can get away with more too.

Reply Posted by Old Fart on Monday July 22 2013 at 07:53
We still had bullying in schools in the 50's and 60's and didn't have video games. We still had fights in the schoolyard to see who was top dog, its the nature of things, but once the hierarchy had been sorted out it all calmed down until the next pretender to the throne came along. Saying all that we also had discipline in school and at home and despite having "the cane" and other various forms of ass whooping paraphernalia we had RESPECT for authority be it school, parents or the police. We didn't have video games and any indoors entertainment comprised of board games, cards, reading or if you were very, very lucky a TV or a radio.

So what did we do .....? we got out into the countryside, building swings, zip lines, camps, catapults and any outdoor game we could think of - we were out from sun up until sun down, fresh air, exercise and enjoying life, our parents had to drag us into the house at night.

What happens now???? - as soon as the school holidays are approaching parents are whining "Is there anything to do ...... "Is there anything going off ..... bloody hell use your imagination, have family time outside in the fresh air if possible, picnic, walking or even learning about the environment and the wonderful world of nature around you. If the weathers bad and indoors is the only option then playing cards and board games and spend some one and one time with your kids, not old enough to play these games then read to them and don't look for someone else to entertain this responsibility you have brought into the world.

Stop looking for someone and something else to blame for the situation - it is in all our hands to rectify - there is nothing wrong with video games in moderation, but what a waste of energy and time on something that could be channelled into a more creative pursuit. We are raising a bunch of illiterate kids and looking at the spelling and grammar that is in most posts on WAB their parents are just as bad .... the future is bleak.

Reply Posted by Jack on Monday July 22 2013 at 18:50
People that go to that school need sorting out ever since ive heard about this school opening. They has been many comments about bullying been made. Also in every school there has to be the popular one and the loser have you ever thought that the bully could have given the boy a title "the loser" and have gone for him because he might have been the weakest. Society need to actually open the eyes and sort it out

Reply Posted by Ok on Tuesday July 23 2013 at 07:55
Seeing a lot of comments on here such as blaming parents/school etc... None of you know! I know this family, they're hard working, lovely people, at the end of their tether through what's happened, they have tried for years to get help for this child, who has suffered bereavements, family breakdowns, cancer treatments etc, and whilst people do suffer these things and get along, to cope with all this at once at a very young age is going to leave an emotionally challenged child with serious issues. The child in question has in no way 'got away with it', police are involved and he is in turmoil and needs watching 24/7 to stop him from hurting himself or worse. So please, stop torturing this family by blaming things that you know nothing about. Oh and thank you to the people who have left comments backing this up whoever you are.
Can I appeal to wab to leave this story alone now? The family in question are devastated by all the comments that lay blame on them.

Reply Posted by blondeone on Tuesday October 15 2013 at 12:34
as a pupil at horizon they didnt even let pupils know what had happened we had to find out for ourselfs, this school needs sorting out! any year pupil shouldnt be carrying penkifes around anyway

Reply Posted by Susan on Sunday October 20 2013 at 13:51
That school is unbelievable.