A science teacher is being held on suspicion of attempted murder after three students were allegedly assaulted during a lesson, leaving a 14-year-old boy with serious head injuries.

Last night the boy was named by Nottinghamshire Police as Jack Waterhouse.

Peter Harvey, 49, is also being questioned about alleged assaults on the two other pupils, believed to be a boy and a girl, also 14.

Police were called to All Saints’ Roman Catholic School in Mansfield after paramedics found the teenager lying in a pool of blood at the entrance to a classroom in the science block just after 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

It is believed that Jack was hit with a weight block used in science experiments. The teacher was arrested.

The boy was taken to King’s Mill Hospital but his condition deteriorated that afternoon and he was moved to a specialist unit at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. The county council said that his condition had improved slightly overnight.

The other children in the class were being interviewed yesterday with their parents present.

Yesterday afternoon police were granted a further 28 hours to question Harvey.

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