A teenage schoolgirl has been stabbed on a bus this morning.

(57 Posts)
Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 10:39:55

Here. She didn't survive. I am just so shocked. How can you be killed on the way to school? sad

FairyJen Thu 07-Mar-13 10:44:57

Tha is just awful sad

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 10:46:42

I can't get my head round sending your child to school on the bus and them not getting to school, or ever coming home again.

navada Thu 07-Mar-13 10:46:51

Just too awful sad

AnyaKnowIt Thu 07-Mar-13 10:47:36

heart breaking sad

VictorTango Thu 07-Mar-13 10:49:30

Beyond comprehension sad

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 10:52:52

Other reports are saying she was 15 and that it may have been a male friend that did it.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 07-Mar-13 10:53:30

OMG, there's really no words! Poor, poor girlsad

How awful sad

MNPin2013 Thu 07-Mar-13 10:59:08

So sad.

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 11:00:07

The other passengers on the bus must be fairly traumatised by it all. Just unbelievable.

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 11:25:55

It's just been on ITN news. sad

lisad123everybodydancenow Thu 07-Mar-13 11:26:45

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AnyaKnowIt Thu 07-Mar-13 12:03:27

Sky news are saying that she was 16 sad

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 12:05:32

I suspect the news will slowly come out and by this time tomorrow we will be seeing a smiling girl in her school uniform in a picture in the Daily Fail etc. sad

Callisto Thu 07-Mar-13 12:07:03

Just heard on the radio that it was an older teenager/early twenties man (black I think) who ran off. He was wearing dark jeans and dark coloured hoodie.

It really is beyond belief, I feel so sad for her family.

This is terrible. sad

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 07-Mar-13 12:15:09

How awful. A friend lives round there. She has a ds though who goes to one of the boys schools.

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 12:16:33

I am not a million miles away. It came up on our travel news this morning that the Hagley Roads was shut but didn't pay much attention.

MariscallRoad Thu 07-Mar-13 12:41:32

Tragedy sad. Busses need a secure system for young people when they know these tragedies are likely to occur.

VictorTango Thu 07-Mar-13 13:29:30

How do you know they are likely to occur though?

Poor kid was just on her way to school.

scaevola Thu 07-Mar-13 13:31:32

A 22 year old man has been arrested.

scaevola Thu 07-Mar-13 13:32:59

And the victim has been named as Christina Edkins

CremeEggThief Thu 07-Mar-13 13:35:07

sad. Awful, awful news. sad.

HormonalHousewife Thu 07-Mar-13 13:35:16

I heard it on the radio travel news too this morning (we must be in similar area)

I presumed there had been a fatal accident but I never imagined something like this.

So very very sad.

GirlOutNumbered Thu 07-Mar-13 13:37:19

They have arrested a 22 year old male.
So sad,

SnotMeReally Thu 07-Mar-13 14:34:59

Busses need a secure system for young people when they know these tragedies are likely to occur

This is of course a tragedy, same bus route I travelled to school on years ago. Very sad, shocking etc. BUT, what on earth do you mean by the above comment?? - of all the MILLIONS of bus journeys that are made every day, many by unaccompanied school children and most of them in total safety for the whole of their school careers, this is one of a tiny, miniscule number of incidents.

Nothing at all the bus company could do to predict or prevent this attack. Most buses have CCTV, but thats more to spy on school kids misdemeanours ratehr than for their safety.

Either it was someone known to her, or it was a total random attack - either of which could have happened any place any time, nothing to do with the bus.

HillBilly76 Thu 07-Mar-13 14:36:47

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Owllady Thu 07-Mar-13 14:41:35

Many children have to catch the bus to school though. It's not just a Birmingham thing. It was a random attack, it could have happened anywhere and to anyone

That poor poor girl and her family sadsadsadsad

SnotMeReally Thu 07-Mar-13 14:44:38

Don't be daft HB, thousands and thousands of kids travel by bus in our towns & cities every single day - if anything they are SAFER than those on rural routes, because they are travelling in crowds.

How long would it take to do the journey if all those parents suddenly decided to jump in their cars??

And the accident stats are MUCH worse for car travel than for buses, you know.

Rosa Thu 07-Mar-13 15:03:19

What is the world coming to? Poor girl and poor family.

Frogman Thu 07-Mar-13 15:11:02

MariscallRoad Tragedy sad. Busses need a secure system for young people when they know these tragedies are likely to occur.

I'm finding it hard to make a sensible reply to such an immature comment: so I won't.

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 07-Mar-13 16:03:03

It's particularly shocking as they are saying she had no known connection to her alleged attacker. If this was a completely random act of a stranger it makes it even more disturbing and upsetting than it already is. Poor kid.

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 17:03:43

The pictures are coming out already. A beautiful teenage girl.

JillJ72 Thu 07-Mar-13 17:29:14

Absolutely shocking, terrible. Feel so much for her parents. I hope they get the person that did this and justice is delivered. Terrible.

BackforGood Thu 07-Mar-13 17:36:43

HillBilly What a ridiculous thing to say hmm

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 17:38:36

It is in the Daily Fail that she tweeted a while ago about someone being weird on the bus. sad

creighton Thu 07-Mar-13 18:18:29

it was a random attack? i assumed that it would have been someone she knew

scaevola Thu 07-Mar-13 18:26:38

The police haven't really said if it is a random attack (the spokesman described it as 'sporadic' but I think he may have misspoken), and are saying they have not yet established a motive. Nor have they confirmed either way if the attacker knew the poor girl.

MrsDeVere Thu 07-Mar-13 18:27:44

So did I creighton

I am shocked it was a random attack.
Such a beautiful girl.

Her poor parents

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 18:29:21

Well she sent a tweet from the bus a month ago saying a man was acting strangely, and assuming she gets the same bus to school each day it's possible he was that man.

expatinscotland Thu 07-Mar-13 18:41:31

This is so awful! What a fucked up world this is.

cherrycherry41 Thu 07-Mar-13 18:42:30

I used to get the same bus frequently when i was a teenager. Scary stuff confused

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 07-Mar-13 18:52:12

Birmingham schoolchildren often don't have any choice other than to go to school in the train or bus. There is a grammar school system and also boys and girls schools. You can't just send your child to the local school as that school may not be available to you

The area where it happened is not a rough area. It is a very very tragic occurrence but we can't wrap children in cotton wool. It could just as easily have happened to a mum with her children.

I used to travel daily to Bingham and despite having a car went on the train. It's just what you did.

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Mar-13 18:56:54

That's very true Pictures.

creighton Thu 07-Mar-13 19:32:40

you can't legislate for meeting the 'wrong person' in public. hasn't a woman in london recently been found guilty of stabbing to death another woman? the killer had killed before and is clearly mentally ill.

everlong Thu 07-Mar-13 19:41:00

This is horrific. She will have been terrified. How her parents will cope with this I don't know.

tiredemma Thu 07-Mar-13 20:10:28

Hillbilly. Going by your logic no one would ever leave the house.

Katryn Thu 07-Mar-13 23:58:46

I saw this on the news and cried about it, just so awful. My DH immediately said our DS was not to go on the public bus to the school bus, not that he does that much anyway.

chocolatespiders Fri 08-Mar-13 19:55:08

The man arrested is being held in a secure mental health unit.
Following assessment from mental health experts. So horrible and sad.

tiredemma Fri 08-Mar-13 20:03:53


MariscallRoad Fri 08-Mar-13 22:44:00

VictorTango, In SE London areas where I live there are routes that have many incidents of violence, and we see often 2 police in rush hour on them and at some bus stops too. Police is always on platforms and trains in my neighbourhood during rush. Drivers have been attacked so in London their seat is protected by a plastic screen.

scaevola Fri 08-Mar-13 22:52:30

BBC website says that the detained man has now been sectioned, and that he was not previously known to MH system.

Theas18 Fri 08-Mar-13 23:00:44

This is an awful thing to happen to a lovely young lady, it also brings the number of ( slightly distant) acquaintances that have died due to knife crime to 2 for my 17yr old Ds.

I'm sure you don't remember but my ds was grabbed by the neck by a random stranger and strangled until a bystander pulled him off (ds was then 16 iirc and a tall rugby playing lad on a bus a 6.30 in the evening causing no trouble). There was no cctv on the bus so nothing could happen...

I don't know what the answer is.sure as eggs is eggs it isn't to stop our teens travelling by bus. More would die on the roads instead, especially if they all took to driving or motor scooters instead.

I suspect ds attack and the death of this young lady were random mental health related attacks. The lad ds was at primary with may have been an accidental gang victim.

I dint think it's a big city bad rural areas good thing either.....

MariscallRoad Fri 08-Mar-13 23:03:37

IFrogman 'm finding it hard to make a sensible reply to such an immature comment: so I won’t.

You did reply to me however with your post!

I would say to you it is irresponsible to underrate the safety issue in public transport because we have tragedies! Very very sad the girl is gone!

There is a huge campaign on safer public transport in London. It needs money but there are cuts to blame.

WithASpider Fri 08-Mar-13 23:07:20

She went to my old high school. The community here is in shock, flowers are being laid outside school. The man they arrested is not the same man she tweeted about.

Man they arrested has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

MariscallRoad Fri 08-Mar-13 23:14:37

Theas18 I am awfully sorry to hear the case. Metal detectors have been installed in some bus stops to crack down on knife crime in Middlands and elsewhere People feel this is responsible thing to do.

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