Singapore boy arrested over axe murder of schoolmate
Published on: Monday, July 19, 2021
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A police team at a corridor of River Valley High School, Singapore, after the murder of a 13-year-old schoolboy today. (AFP pic)
PETALING JAYA: Singapore police have arrested a 16-year-old schoolboy of River Valley High School for suspected murder of a fellow student and have seized an axe as evidence. 

The Secondary Four pupil will be remanded for psychiatric assessment and be charged on Tuesday with murder, police said. 

The victim, a 13-year-old Secondary One pupil, was found with multiple stab wounds in the school’s toilet at about 11:40am, according to The Straits Times newspaper.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic. 

Police said the two students did not know each other, according to preliminary investigations.

A lockdown of the school was reportedly put in place this morning and teachers and pupils were ordered to remain in their classrooms.

They were released only after 3pm, a media report said. 

A parent, Jacky Huang, 43, said he rushed to the school after receiving a message from his daughter that there was someone wielding an axe in the school. 

He showed text messages and a video sent by his daughter showing schoolchildren running from the crime scene. 

River Valley High School, in the Boon Lay area in Jurong West, is a secondary school with pupils aged 12 to 18 who sit for the A-level examinations.


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