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Arrest after school kids stung by nettles in 'game that got out of hand'

Stinging nettles (Lusyaya/Getty Images)
Stinging nettles (Lusyaya/Getty Images)
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

A man has been arrested after schoolchildren were stung by nettles in a game said to have "got out of hand".

It happened at Abbots Cross Primary School on Wednesday.

It is understood a group of children had been playing a game before the incident occured.

"It just appeared to get out of hand at some point when nettles became involved," a source told the Belfast Telegraph.

Parents at the school were said to be upset with the incident.

The school has not commented, instead referring Press to the Education Authority. It has reportedly sent a letter to homes asking parents to note any nettle stings on their children and informing them of the arrest.

The Education Authority (EA) has begun an investigation.

“EA is taking this allegation seriously and a full investigation is being carried out," a spokesman said.

"The safety and wellbeing of pupils is of the utmost importance to EA and as such the allegations will be fully and thoroughly investigated.”

Police said they attended and arrested a man aged in his 40s. He was later released pending further investigation.

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