Police lead special assemblies to reassure shocked school pupils following Havant stabbings

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SCHOOLFRIENDS of the boys stabbed in a Havant road have been offered counselling to help come to terms with the attack.

Special assemblies were held at their school this morning led by Havant police to reassure pupils they were not at risk and to explain the nature of the incident.

In order to support all students we have drafted in additional counsellors and have ensured that our pastoral team are all available to any students in distress.

School headteacher

The headteacher revealed that a third pupil was also assaulted in the incident that left two boys with serious stab wound.

The man accused attempted murder after the attack was today remanded in custody by Portsmouth magistrates, who in orders preventing the identification of the boys directed that the school could not be identified.

In a statement the school’s headteacher said: ‘Three students from our school were attacked and two were seriously injured by a lone male.

‘Both boys are described as serious but stable by the medical teams caring for them. We are all hoping and praying that they both make a full and swift recovery from their injuries.

‘The attacker has now been named as Richard Walsh, 43 years old and of no fixed abode. Mr Walsh was detained at the scene by members of the public and subsequently arrested by attending officers.’

He added: ‘In order to support all students we have drafted in additional counsellors and have ensured that our pastoral team are all available to any students in distress. The police are operating reassurance patrols around the school at the start and end of the days this week, the patrols are designed to offer reassurance and give members of the community the chance to talk to officers directly should they wish to.’

The attacks happened close to the junction of Eastleigh Road and Southleigh Road, Havant, on Friday afternoon as the boys made their way home from school.

The victims are a 12 and 13-years-old and are being treated at Southampton General Hospital.