A 16-year-old boy will appear in court on Friday charged with the fatal stabbing of Bailey Gwynne in a walkway between classes at Cults Academy in Aberdeen. Emergency services rushed to the 1,050-pupil school at about 1:30pm on Wednesday (28 October) but were unable to save Bailey who later died at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The school will remain closed until Monday and counselling will be offered to students, many of whom have been left shocked and devastated at the killing. Another of the academy's pupils, named locally as 16-year-old Daniel Stroud, was detained and has been assisting officers with their inquiries into the murder.
The stabbing has sent shock waves through the local community with pupils describing Gwynne, who dreamt of one day joining the Royal Marines, as "laid back" and "caring". His relatives said in a statement: "There are no words. Bailey is our beloved boy and our heart. Our hearts have gone with him."
Police Scotland's chief inspector Graeme Mackie said: "This is a shocking and extraordinary incident for Aberdeen and firstly our thoughts are with the family and friends of the boy who has sadly lost his life today. A full and thorough inquiry has been launched and there will be a police presence in the area for the foreseeable future. We are working closely with the education authorities and wider community as I am sure this incident will be felt not only in Aberdeen but much further afield."
A packed vigil was held at Cults Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon, hours after Gwynne died from his injuries with Reverend Ewen Gilchrist encouraging the congregation to write condolence messages on boards around the church.