Teen charged with attempted murder after Devon school assaults

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent following alleged assaults at Blundell’s School in Tiverton, Devon. The incident left two teenage boys, both students at the independent school, and an adult staff member injured. The two students are currently in hospital, with one in a critical condition and the other in a stable but serious condition. The staff member has been discharged from the hospital.

“Our thoughts remain with the injured boys and their families in what must be a harrowing time for them. My officers are continuing to support them and the wider school community,” said Commander Superintendent Toby Davies. He also urged the public not to speculate on the identities of the victims or the suspect, as individuals under the age of 18 are legally not allowed to be identified.

Headteacher Bart Wielenga sent a letter to parents and guardians, assuring them that the school believes this was an isolated incident and that there is “no ongoing threat or concern.” Support is being provided for students following the event.

Blundell’s School, a mixed institution, charges £41,325 annually for senior boarders and over £28,000 per year for students in years seven and eight. Among its notable alumni are Ben Collins, believed to be the person behind Top Gear’s The Stig character, and reality TV star Georgia “Toff” Toffolo.

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