Headteacher speaks out after students sprayed with ‘harmful liquid’ at Dagenham school

Three boys aged 12, 13 and 15 have been arrested on suspicion of GBH after a fight involving a "noxi

Three boys aged 12, 13 and 15 have been arrested on suspicion of GBH after a fight involving a "noxious substance" reportedly broke out at Sydney Russell School in Dagenham. - Credit: Archant

The headteacher of a school where students were “sprayed with some harmful liquid” has said the suspected perpetrators will be expelled if allegations prove true.

Three boys aged 12, 13 and 15 were arrested on suspicion of GBH after reports of a fight breaking out between students involving a “noxious substance” at Sydney Russell School in Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham, shortly after 2pm.

All three remain in custody this morning. Six pupils were treated for injuries on the scene, and two girls and a boy were taken to a hospital in north-east London. They have all now been discharged.

Janis Davies, headteacher of the school rated “outstanding” by Ofsted in 2013, said there had been “no fight”.

“At lunchtime three boys were involved in stupid behaviour spraying some harmful liquid around,” she said. “We aren’t clear what it was exactly.


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“Staff were on the scene straight away, three pupils were taken to hospital but were all back home later that day. No long-term effects are expected.

“The three boys are not allowed into school until a full investigation has taken place. If the facts are as them seem to be they will not be returning to Sydney Russell.”

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Enquiries continue. Anyone with any information should call the police on 101.

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