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  • 3 May 2014, 1:21

Schoolgirls Arrested Over 'Plot To Kill Teacher'

Two schoolgirls have been arrested on suspicion of planning to murder a teacher.

Gwent Police said the pair, aged 14 and 15, were arrested at Cwmcarn High School in South Wales because of concerns about their behaviour.

Detectives said they were informed about the alleged plot by a teacher at the school.

A police spokesman stressed "no physical confrontation" had taken place.

The 15-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill, possession of a "bladed article" on school premises and conspiracy to commit murder.

It is believed a kitchen knife had been found in the girl's school bag.

Her 14-year-old friend was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

CwmcarnHigh Schoolheadteacher Jacqui Peplinski said in a statement: "You may be aware that concerns were raised about a pupil in the school yesterday.

"Please be assured that the concerns were dealt with swiftly. There was no risk to any staff or learner and the relevant support services were contacted as a precautionary measure.

"Cwmcarn High is a caring and safe environment and we are committed to everyone's safety. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns."

A spokesman on behalf of Caerphilly County Borough Council and Cwmcarn High School said: "We can confirm that concerns were raised about a pupil at Cwmcarn High School yesterday which were swiftly dealt with by staff and Gwent Police.

"Support is now in place for both pupils and staff and we would like to assure parents that all appropriate steps were taken to respond effectively to the situation. We are now helping the police with their enquiries."

It comes after teacher Ann Maguire died following a classroom attack at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds on Monday.

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