An eight-year old boy was stabbed to death at the Klim-Op primary school in the village of Hoogerheide in the southern province of Noord Brabant on Friday morning. A 22-year-old man has been arrested.
The victim, Jesse Dingemans, had been allowed to leave the school hall where he had been working with the rest of his class to fetch something, the Volkskrant reports. When he did not return, his teacher went looking for him and found the boy dead, with severe wounds to his throat.
It is not clear where the boy was found but the head teacher told reporters other children had not witnessed the attack or seen their dead classmate.
Police were called and told to look out for a man in a hooded sweatshirt and long coat who had run off in the direction of the town hall. It is not clear from media reports who witnessed the suspect leaving.
A 22-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards. The Volkskrant said he was calm. No motive for the attack has yet been made public. Earlier reports that the man was related to the victim were not true, local police chief Fred Stegman told BNR Nieuwsradio.
The school building were Jesse was housed some 200 pupils. The main door to the school was always open, the Volkskrant reported. However, vistors have to pass the concierge on entering the school.
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