Tuesday, 8 April 2008

101 charges over school rampage

Five teenage boys face 101 charges over a rampage at a western Sydney school yesterday that left a teacher in hospital and 17 children injured.

It is alleged the boys, aged 14 to 16, entered Merrylands High School waving bats, a machete and a sword while the school was in assembly just before 9:00am (AEST).

The schoolchildren ran to their classrooms for emergency lockdown, where they hid while the group allegedly ran through the corridors smashing windows.

Most of the injuries were cuts from broken glass but a teacher went to hospital after a blow to the back of his head.

The boys - two aged 14, two 15 years old and one aged 16 - were arrested at the school.

They have been refused bail and will face Parramatta Children's Court today for offences including affray, assault and malicious damage.

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