A 13-year-old boy who stabbed three pupils at a Birmingham school has been sentenced to two-and-half years in a young offenders’ institute.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked three other teenagers – two of them 14 and one 15 – with a large knife, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
He admitted two charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm and one charge of of wounding with intent.
The incident, the latest in a growing list of knife crimes, happened in December outside the University of Birmingham school, Selly Oak.
The group heard that a group of boys, including the defendant, approached another youngster and began assaulting him.
The defendant, who was seen to smile, then produced a knife up to 16-centimetres long from his waistband and ran towards the boy who was being assaulted and lunged at him.
The blade though skimmed across the victim’s jackets, before going into the back of a 14-year-old standing next to him.
That boy was later treated for a deep wound to his neck.
He stabbed another boy in the arm in the fracas that followed, who had to be treated by a teacher who used a tie to stem bleeding.
The 13-year-old then attacked a third teenager, stabbing him in the shoulder.
When the 13-year-old was eventually caught, he was found to have two concealed weapons, a small ornamental knife and a large machete.
Passing sentence Judge Melbourne Inman said: ‘These injuries could have been so much more serious.
‘It was clearly pre-meditated. It was your intention to attack the school children and I am satisfied you played a leading role in the group.’
Earlier this week, Home Secretary Sajid Javid vowed to treat knife crime ‘like a disease’, after the PM Theresa May was criticised for claiming there was no link between falling police numbers and the rise in knife crime.
At least 39 people have been stabbed to death in the UK already this year.