‘Stop these barbaric acts’: Huge grief after boy stabbed to death near school

A 16-year-old boy has today been arrested after another teenager was stabbed to death outside his school gates yesterday.

The community in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, has pleaded for Brits to “make a stand” to “stop barbaric acts” after the 15-year-old boy’s death. Police have launched a murder probe.

Residents near North Huddersfield Trust School say things must change after the tragedy.

Debs Rodd stressed people need to “make a stand”.

“The things on TV and in the media are teaching our youth it’s all about making a quick penny at any cost and it’s all wrong let’s get some respect back and stop these barbaric acts from happening on our streets,” Debs wrote.

“Rest in peace in the arms of the angels.

“My heart is broken for the family and friends of the young lad who was taken away so brutally and for the school community who were witness to such a horrific attack.

“Please let’s make a stand against this culture of wannabe gangsters and let’s make a stand to get these thugs off our streets and sent away for a long long time not just a slap on the wrist.

“There is nothing gangster about a mother burying her son or spending a lifetime behind bars.”

The school also expressed its enormous sadness, Yorkshire Live reports.

Louis Treasure, who has a child, said: “Condolences to the family and friends.

“It’s scary, I fear my kid’s what is wrong with the world we live in. The government and councils should be ashamed of themselves cost cutting everywhere closing youth clubs and sure start centres. The police and courts should be taking more stiffer action against knife crime. Enough is enough. If you’re a local MP, reading this stand up and start taking action before more people start getting hurt or losing their lives to knife crimes.”

West Yorkshire Police detained the teenager at an address in Huddersfield at 5am.

A force spokesman said: “A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the death of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed in an incident in Huddersfield yesterday.

“The youth was arrested at an address in Huddersfield shortly before 5am this morning in connection with the incident in Woodhouse Hill, Fartown, yesterday afternoon.

“He remains in custody and enquiries are ongoing led by detectives from West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.”

The school, which caters for nearly 900 children, opened its gates at 10.30am today following the tragedy.

It called the victim a “wonderful student”.

In a statement issued today, the school said: “It is with enormous sadness that I must tell you that following an incident on Woodhouse Hill Road yesterday, one of our pupils has tragically lost their life. The pupil was taken by ambulance to hospital after the incident but despite the most valiant of efforts, medical staff were unable to save their life. This is truly shocking news for our pupils, your children, and our staff. We will be providing specialist support for any among our community who feel they could benefit.

“In order to brief school staff and liaise with available support services, school will not open until 10:30am and only to students who need support following this tragic incident. Further communication will follow later this morning. Thank you for your support.

“West Yorkshire Police have launched an urgent investigation so it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time. I would urge everyone not to engage in speculation about possible causes or perpetrators and allow the police to make their enquiries. A statement has been released. Our deepest sympathies go out to the pupil’s family and friends who must feel, as we do, completely devastated. They have lost a loved one and we have lost a wonderful student from our school community.”