At least 12 students and a teacher have received serious stab wounds as a result of a bloody knife fight between two teenage boys at a school in Perm, Russia, investigators say.
The incident occurred at school number 127 at 10:19am local time (8:19am Moscow time) when students returned to school after the Christmas holidays.
At least 13 people have been injured in the incident, “including the teacher and those two students between whom the knife fight occurred,” Sergey Sarapultsev, deputy head of the Investigation Department for Perm Region, told reporters.
“A mass brawl involving the use of cold weapons took place between two teenagers aged 17 and 16, who are related to this school.”
“The individuals who have injured themselves and others are boys, their condition is now being established, they are in hospital. It will also be determined whether they acted under the influence of alcohol, drugs or else. All witnesses will be interviewed in the shortest possible time,” he added.
Earlier reports said the school was attacked by masked assailants.
The teacher and one schoolboy are in serious condition at a hospital and are currently undergoing surgery, the regional Health Ministry said.
“The teacher and a 16-year-old student sustained serious wounds. Both were injured in the neck,” it added.
Pictures of the school floor, covered with blood, are circulating on social media.
Telegram-channel Mash reported that a 16-year-old boy (presumably identified as Lev Bidjakov) and his friend Aleksandr decided to attack the students as a result of insults on social media.
According to other students, something went wrong after a local IT administrator shared a post which allegedly said “Happy New Year, dogs.” Lev was reportedly upset at the message.
Lev and his friend could reportedly have been inspired by the Columbine High School Massacre which occurred in April 1999, when two senior students began shooting fellow students outside the school in Littleton, Colorado, before moving inside to continue their rampage.