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Gardai called to Portlaoise girls school after knife produced during student row

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Gardai have attended a girls secondary school in Portlaoise following reports of a knife being produced in a row between two students earlier today.

The incident occurred this morning at Scoil Chriost Ri – the girls secondary school which is located on the Borris Road – when one girl brandished a knife during a row with a fellow student.

It’s believed there has been tension in the school between a handful of students in recent weeks, resulting in the latest row today.

It’s also understood that a male teacher was threatened during the altercation and Gardai were called to the scene. No injuries were reported.

Scoil Chriost Ri is a highly-respected school in the midlands and is having its Open Evening for prospective 2018 students this evening.

Located on the same campus as the boys Portlaoise CBS school, the school moved to its new premises in 2010. It was previously in the town centre.

Elsewhere, Gardaí are pleading with dog owners to be vigilant about where their pets are at all times after a number of incidents lately where they have attacked livestock.

Laois Crime Prevention Officer Graham Kavanagh has made the call after an increase in attacks involving dogs on sheep recently.

He said that any owner found guilty of not controlling their pet would be subject to legal proceedings.

He said: “Reminder to dog owners responsibilities in respect of control of their dogs and offences for failure to do so in the lead up to lambing season.

“There was a sheep kill in West Offaly recently. A file is being prepared for directions.

 “Around 6/7 sheep were killed in one incident.”