The BBC version :
Schoolboy 'attacked with hammer'
Eight men have been arrested following a violent attack on a schoolboy in Wroughton in Wiltshire.
The 15-year old pupil at the Ridgeway school was allegedly hit with a hammer as he left after classes just before 1600 GMT on Thursday.
The teenager, who has not been named, was taken to the Great Western Hospital where he is been treated for head injuries. His parents are at his side.
The incident happened as scores of children were leaving to go home.
A source said the boy had been held down and hit with a hammer by the family of another pupil at the school.
The eight men are being held at Gable Cross Police Station in Swindon.
The Metro version :
The boy was set upon at the end of the school day by a gang of Asian men who local sources said were the family of another pupil at the comprehensive school.
He was said to have been held down and hit with a hammer.
Mr Colledge said he was on patrol in the school grounds when the victim, who is white and in year 11, was attacked.
"After school had ended for the day and pupils were exiting the premises at least four young adults unknown to the school came into the tennis courts and attacked the pupil, we believe with something similar to a hammer," he said.
He said he understood that the boy had been hit more than once and was "bleeding profusely but conscious at all times and able to help get himself on to the paramedic's stretcher".
"Clearly it's such a shocking incident and everybody has been very helpful in identifying the perpetrators of the incident to police," he added.
"The car was quickly identified and given to the police who I believe have now detained eight men.
"When he was at the school he was speaking and able to tell us what had happened and we were able to talk to him. His mum and dad arrived before he went off in the ambulance, I imagine they are very upset."
Counselling for pupils who witnessed the incident would be offered if needed.
He said although he was aware there had been a similar type of incident at the school before he took up his role as headmaster in September, generally race relations between pupils at the school were good.
"Relations seem to be very good and pupils mix, play football and chat together."
But Mr Colledge had heard the attackers were relatives of a pupil at the school.
He said: "If that's the case I think it's even more sad.
"It's not the sort of incident you would expect to happen anywhere really and it's very hard to understand why such extreme violence would be used."
He also appealed for pupils not to take matters into their own hands.
"We will talk to pupils about responding responsibly and sensibly to what has happened," he said.
The teenager was tonight being treated at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. A spokesman said: "He has been treated and is comfortable."
Ridgeway School has about 1,450 pupils aged 11 to 18.
Hmmm. Wroughton isn't some 'inna-city' hell-hole either. It's a pleasant enough commuter zone to the south of Swindon.
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