A teenager has been arrested after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed with a penknife at school.
The stabbing, at Blue Coat Church of England Comprehensive School in Walsall, is believed to have followed an argument about football.
Police and paramedics were called to the school, in Birmingham Street, at noon on Monday.
The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated as an outpatient for a minor stab wound to the thigh.
West Midlands Police said a 14-year-old boy, arrested on suspicion of wounding, was released on bail pending further inquiries.
Ken Yeates, head teacher at the school, said: “Fortunately, we are talking about what is only a minor injury which followed an isolated incident between two children, apparently sparked by an argument about football.
“That said, any incident of violence – particularly violence with a weapon – at a school is very serious.
“I’m grateful to our staff, whose professionalism enabled the incident to be contained quickly; for first aid to be given and for the boy with the knife to be arrested.”
He added: “This incident is not representative of the generally good standards of behaviour of our students.
“Our students are proud of the very good relationships between all members of the school community and incidents of this nature are extremely rare, this is the only such incident in my time in the school. Parents can rest assured that we will deal with this matter appropriately.”