Blackpool school issues statement over 'inaccurate and unhelpful' social media rumours following incident on grounds

St Mary's Catholic Academy in Blackpool
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A school in Blackpool has issued a clarification to parents following an incident on their grounds last month.

'Speculation' had been circulating online after an ambulance was called to St Mary's Catholic Academy on Tuesday, April 23. There had been an altercation between two pupils just before 2pm.

Bosses at the school have since confirmed the ambulance attended as a precaution, and the student has now returned to classes. Although the school usually avoids commenting on individual cases, the addressed the matter following a number of "inaccurate and unhelpful" circulating on social media.

These, they say, had been causing concern for parents.


A 13-year-old girl was then taken to hospital with injuries, but these were minor and the pupil was later released. Police have confirmed to LancsLive they were also called and enquires are still ongoing.

Simon Eccles, Headteacher at St Mary's Catholic Academy said: "I am aware that a number of unhelpful and inaccurate stories are circulating on social media. To reassure you, I can confirm that we dealt with an isolated incident at St Mary's on April 23 involving two pupils.

"An ambulance was called as a precaution and the student concerned has returned to school. We have dealt with the issue using our usual processes and have supported the small number of students affected."

The log number for the incident is 0682 of April 23rd.