The Ministry of Education (MOE) is “working closely” with police on investigating an incident that took place at River Valley High School on Monday morning (19 July).
Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said in a Facebook post on Monday afternoon that his ministry and the police “will be sharing more details on the case in due course”.
MOE, he added, is rendering all possible support to the families of affected students, as well as the students and staff at the school at large.
“The safety and well-being of our students and staff are of paramount importance to us.
“We are determined to work with parents and students to keep our schools safe and have our children grow up and learn together in a trusted environment,” said Mr Chan.
The “tragic incident” referred to by Mr Chan involved a Secondary 1 male student, TODAY reported.
A Secondary 4 male student is assisting in police investigations, TODAY added.
It was reported that WhatsApp messages were circulating regarding a slashing incident that had allegedly taken place in the school, and that students were urged to remain in their classrooms.
The Straits Times earlier reported that a parent of a River Valley student had received a message from his daughter stating that someone was allegedly armed with an axe in the school.
Ambulances and police vehicles were reportedly seen at the school following the incident.
Students were seen being let off at about 3.30pm, ushered by staff from the school, TODAY reported. They were not permitted to speak to the media.
ST reported that a Health Sciences Authority (HSA) van reached the scene around 3.30pm with a forensic science team.