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Sam Boyer

Sam Boyer is a police reporter for the NZ Herald.

Suspect in scissor case yet to be questioned

The Pacific Christian School in Mangere Bridge. Photo / Sarah Ivey
The Pacific Christian School in Mangere Bridge. Photo / Sarah Ivey

The child alleged to have stabbed his classmate in the head with scissors still hasn't been formally interviewed by police.

The 11-year-old boy was taken to the police station immediately after the incident at Pacific Christian School in Mangere on Tuesday, but was released into the care of a Child, Youth and Family facility soon after.

Police said yesterday the investigation "has progressed well". Most interviews with child witnesses were expected to be finished yesterday, but the Weekend Herald understands the alleged offender hasn't given a statement. It is likely that interview will take place early next week.

The boy's family has been visiting him daily at his CYF home.

Family members from around the country have arrived to support the family of the 11-year-old victim at their Otara, South Auckland home, visiting the boy at Starship children's hospital, where he remains in critical condition in a coma.

A neighbour said the boy's family appeared to be holding together well.

The school and church at the centre of the attack have closed ranks, refusing to respond to inquiries. Pacific Christian School was accused this week of knowing about classroom bullying but failing to act.

It has also come to light there was no teacher in the room at the time of the alleged stabbing incident.

Principal Lisita Paongo did not return calls this week and would not speak when the Herald visited the school. The private school has hired two security guards to monitor the grounds and keep people away.

Reverend Liufau Saulala, the school board chairman and head minister at the governing Tokaikolo Christian Church on the grounds, also did not return calls this week.

- NZ Herald

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