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Boy injured in 'tragic incident': police

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/09/2015

A 10-year-old Invercargill boy appears to have been critically injured in a "tragic incident", police say.

Officers are still trying to ascertain exactly how the boy suffered a serious head injury about 8.35am on Friday at Sacred Heart School in Invercargill.

He has been transferred to Dunedin Hospital, where he is in a critical condition, police say.

In an update on Saturday, police said the boy had been placed in an induced coma and was in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Police wouldn't say how the boy was injured, but said "it appears this has been a tragic incident".

Officers are speaking with the school administration, the Ministry of Education and other emergency services.

Victim Support has been at the school.

The Ministry of Education says it's up to police to determine what happened.

"Children, parents and staff are clearly very upset," sector enablement and support head Katrina Casey says.

"We have two of our traumatic incident staff at the school to provide support and we will make that support available for as long as it is needed.

"Our thoughts are with the injured boy and his family."

St John ambulance referred queries back to police.

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