15 Jan 2018 21:12

Children injured in Perm school knife attack in stable condition - chief doctor

PERM. Jan 15 (Interfax) - The lives of nine Perm schoolchildren who were admitted to a local children's hospital after a stabbing spree at school N127, are not in danger, the chief doctor of Perm Territory Children's Clinic hospital told reporters on Monday.

"Currently nine people are at our hospital: seven are in medium-severity, even close to satisfactory, condition, and two children, who sustained graver injuries and underwent longer operations, are in intensive care. Their condition is serious but already closer to medium-severity," Dmitry Antonov said.

The children are in stable condition, conscious and in contact with the doctors, he said.

"I can say that there currently is no threat to the children's lives, the medics are keeping the situation under control," Antonov said.

It was reported that two teenagers at the Perm school N127 got involved in a knife fight on Monday morning. As the result, 15 people were hurt, including 12 who were hospitalized with physical injuries and three with psychological traumas. The affected children were aged between ten and 12. The fight was started by 16-year-olds. One of them was on the register of juvenile offenders, the Russian children's ombudsman Anna Kuznetsova said.

Early reports suggest the fight between a current and a former pupil of the school had started in a hallway, after which they burst into a class of fourth-graders.

A criminal inquiry has been launched on charges of "attempted killing of two and more persons." The suspects were detained.