A student of class 1 was attacked in school with a knife, allegedly by a girl who is his senior, in Lucknow of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, reports NDTV.
Police on Tuesday morning said that a girl from Class 6 of Brightland School ushered the six-year-old boy into a toilet and attacked him with a kitchen knife. The 11-year-old girl had told the child that attacking him was the only way to get a school holiday. The knife has already been recovered.
The school's principal Rachit Manas allegedly hid the incident for a day and has been arrested for negligence. Security cameras at the school supposedly didn't cover the toilet where the incident took place, as they should have.
"Hair has been found on the boy that matches the girl. We have sent it for DNA profiling. The incident involves children, so we will bring the matter before a juvenile justice board," said senior police officer Deepak Kumar.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the boy at the hospital on Thursday. The victim has stab wounds on the chest and stomach, but is out of danger.
"I was informed by the school that my son is injured, that he has been attacked with a knife by a girl," said the boy's father.
As news of the attack spread and images went viral on social media, many parents panicked about the safety of their children.
Veena Vyas, the director of the school, said: "I am taking all necessary precautions considering the Ryan International school case."
Last year, seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, a Class 2 student at Ryan International School in New Delhi's Gurgaon district, was found with his throat slit near a school washroom. Police have charged a 16-year-old student over the incident, saying he believed that a death would force the school to put off an exam and a parent-teacher meeting he was desperate to avoid.
The Ryan killing jolted the nation, and many schools subsequently increased security and installed more CCTV cameras.