css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} A school says its community “faltered” after a 13-year-old boy was stabbed in Reading

Oliver Lucas Stephens, known as Olly, was pronounced dead in the Bugs Bottom fields in Emmer Green on Sunday

Four boys and a girl, all 13 or 14 years old, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy for murder. They are being held in custody

Rachel Cave, Headmistress of the Highdown School and Sixth Form Center, described the boy’s death as “total tragedy”

In a statement, she said, “This student was part of our community and many students and staff knew him well

“Under normal circumstances we would open the school and greet the students for support before the start of the semester

“We are of course not in a position to do this at the moment, but we are organizing advisory support and will create an electronic condolence book”

Ms. Cave said the school was “a supportive and close community” that would “work together in the days and weeks to come”

Det Supt Kevin Brown of Thames Valley Police said: “Our thoughts stay with Olly’s family during this incredibly difficult time”

He added, “This is a tragic and shocking incident that resulted in the death of a boy”

Officials are appealing to anyone who was in the area between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., who may have taken photos or camera footage, to contact them if they see anything suspicious

Det Supt Brown said he believed there were witnesses to the “terrible incident” given that the area is popular with dog walkers

One man said his wife was walking her dog through the park on Sunday afternoon when she saw a boy on the ground with several people around him trying to give him first aid

Another dog walker said she saw a group of young people standing in the woods in Bugs Bottom fields around 3:30 pm and described this as “a little unusual”

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The St. Barnabas Church in Emmer Green has invited residents to pray and light a candle in memory of the boy

The Prime Minister says people should stay home and schools must be closed for most students from tomorrow

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