A 15-year-old schoolboy is recovering in hospital after a fellow student allegedly slashed his arm with a knife at a secondary college in Melbourne's south-east.
Detectives were called to Ashwood Secondary College shortly after 8.40am, where a teenager had been slashed across the arm in the schoolyard.
He has been taken to the Royal Children's Hospital in a stable condition and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
A short time after the alleged attack, a 15-year-old boy was arrested at a house in Chadstone and later charged with several offences, including intentionally causing serious injury and assault with a weapon.
School principal Kerrie Scott strongly condemned what she called an 'appalling' attack, which she said would not be tolerated.
"We're taking this incident extremely seriously and we're assisting the police with their inquiries," she said.
"I want to reassure everybody that this is a very safe school and there is no place for such an appalling incident of this type at our school.
"We did contact the student's family immediately and called the ambulance and we will continue to provide them with support."
Counselling and support has been offered to all staff and students.
"The assistant principals and I are speaking to every student regarding this incident, and we are providing support to anyone who needs it," Ms Scott added.
"This is a great school. It's a very safe school and we will continue to provide a safe school environment for our students and staff."