An 11-year-old girl was taken to hospital after being stabbed in her shoulder just before school started on Monday morning in north Manchester.

A 12-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of assault following the incident on Chapel Lane, Blackley, near the Co-op Academy at 08:30 BST on Monday, March 28.

The victim suffered a "small laceration to the top of her shoulder" and was taken to the hospital "as a precaution". She has since been discharged.

"We can confirm an incident occurred off-site today before school this morning. All involved are being looked after and supported," a spokesman for the Co-op Academy said, the BBC reported

"As this is the subject of an ongoing police investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further."

The school authorities sent a message to parents saying the incident had been "dealt with quickly and appropriately".

"We appreciate the concern from parents and carers and we have communicated as soon as we can after ensuring the safety of all students," it added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 18631 on 101 quoting log number 669 of March 28.

A similar incident was reported last month when a 14-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly stabbed his classmate in the neck with a knife, while the victim was walking a corridor inside campus premises in Nabari, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

At around 10 a.m. on Feb. 17, two boys who reportedly were not on good terms engaged in a heated confrontation outside a classroom on the second floor of their school. During the altercation, the 14-year-old suspect allegedly pulled out a knife and began stabbing his classmate, also 14-years-old, in the neck before quickly fleeing the scene.

Following the brutal attack, the victim was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment where doctors said that the victim's wound was not life-threatening.

Meanwhile, the accused, who had run away from the school after the stabbing was found walking along a street with two other students at around 2 p.m. the same day. The minor was subsequently taken into custody.

16-year-old Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty Monday to charges of one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder and 19 other charges stemming from the November 30 mass shooting at Oxford High School. Taylor Wilcox/Unsplash

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