Pupil stabs peer to death, investigation ongoing

The tussle that ensued between two pupils of the “Król Maciuś I” (“King Maciuś I”) Primary School no. 195 in Warsaw on Friday resulted in one repeatedly stabbing the other to death with a “sharp object” – allegedly a knife.

“We confirm that at 10:30 am a fight ensued between two pupils of the school. Reportedly, one of them pulled out a sharp tool and attacked the other. Unfortunately, resuscitation was unsuccessful,” stated Warsaw police spokesman Commissioner Sylwester Marczak, adding that investigation was ongoing.

The school was closed following the attack, eye-witnesses were provided with psychological help and Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski arrived at the scene, assuring that the city hall will do all it can to provide support.

Investigation afoot: justice minister

Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said that “this case’s circumstances and how the knife was brought into the school are investigated. The investigation is conducted in a very meticulous way.”

On Friday, following the tragic event, emergency services, including psychologists, were sent to the school.

“For years and decades, we had not experienced such an incident in Warsaw,” said Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski, adding that “we will endeavour to help the victim and the perpetrator’s families… We will draw conclusions from this tragedy.”

“I commiserate with the family and the loved ones of the murdered child,” said Poland’s PM Mateusz Morawiecki.

Allegedly, the pupils had unsettled money issues. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

Peer’s testimony

The victim is a 15-years-old secondary school third-grade pupil named Kuba. As part of the government’s reform, the pre-university Polish education system has been reduced to two types of school – primary and high school, as opposed to the situation before the overhaul, when the two schools were supplemented with an intermediary secondary school. Since the secondary schools have been marked for a phase-out, this school year is the year in which the last grade of former secondary school still functions.

The attacker is a primary school eighth-grade pupil named Emil – a year younger than Kuba, with whom he had been in strained relations, according to another pupil Krystian.

“Emil had a fallout with Kuba but he came to school anyway. Apparently, they started pushing one another, ran into the physics classroom and that’s where he [Emil - ed.] stabbed him [Kuba] a couple of times with a knife,” Krystian told Poland’s public broadcaster TVP.

According to unofficial information acquired by Poland’s private broadcaster’s website Polsat News, Emil had been causing trouble and starting fights before the incident.

“Allegedly he confessed to the headmistress that he came to school with the sole goal to do this… He was heavily stoned… took some pills,” said the pupil, adding that the fight between Emil and Kuba flared “over money. One lent money to the other.” According to the pupil, the borrowed sum amounted to PLN 2,000 (EUR 465).