A Chinese boy died yesterday after being impaled by a sword belonging to a classmate during a PE lesson.
The 13-year-old pupil, named Guo Sheng, was said to be playing with the classmate who had brought the weapon with him, according to reports.
Guo died shortly after his frightened classmate pulled out the blade, the school said in a statement.
The incident was deemed as an accident by the regional government, school authority and police, but Guo's parents and the general public disagreed.
According to Beijing Youth Daily, the sword belonged to a Year Eight student, known as Li, who studies at a secondary school in Changning, Hunan Province.
Li was seen playing with Guo during a break in a physical education lesson on the morning of December 12.
It's reported that Li lost his grip of the sword and it 'accidentally' impaled Guo's back.
The incident came into light when the staff at the Quan Feng Secondary School called emergency service and the police.
Guo had been pronounced dead when his parents arrived.
Police measured the sword and said it was around a foot long.