Cahersiveen gardaí probe assault on school grounds


STUDENTS at Coláiste Na Sceilge in Cahersiveen have been offered the support of the school's counsellor and chaplain following a shocking assault on school grounds which left a 16-year-old pupil with facial injuries including a broken nose and concussion.

Cahersiveen gardaí are continuing investigations into the incident which occurred last Thursday and two pupils, since suspended from the school, are currently under investigation.

Gardaí have confirmed that an 18-year-old pupil was arrested and questioned with a file currently being prepared for the DPP. A 17-year-old pupil is to be questioned this week. Both accused are from Cahersiveen town.

The victim, from Valentia Island, was taken to Kerry General and is currently recovering at home.

Gardaí state that a teacher came between the parties to break up the incident - the school has confirmed that no teacher was assaulted.

Principal John O'Connor said that all staff were informed of the incident at 9.05am on Friday and each class was visited by Mr O'Connor and the school's deputy principal.

"We informed the classes of the student's condition, of the suspension of the students involved and that the school was investigating the matter," Mr O'Connor stated.

"We also offered students the opportunity to visit the chaplain and school counsellor, two members of our care team.

"We thanked them for their invariably very good behaviour and asked them to focus on what they are at school for, to learn and to develop. Their response has been great.

"Parents were texted later that morning with the above information.

"This is an isolated incident in what is invariably a safe and happy environment - borne out by a survey of parents carried out in October 2010 by the DES," the principal added.

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