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Girls sentenced in scissors case
Natashia Jackman
Natashia Jackman was lucky not to lose her sight in the attack
Two teenage schoolgirls who hid a pair of scissors used by another pupil to stab a girl in the eye in Surrey have been given 12-month community orders.

The 14 and 15-year-olds were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court after previously being found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Natashia Jackman, 15, was attacked during a lunch break at Collingwood College, in Camberley, last November.

The girl who stabbed her will be sentenced at a later date.

She was found guilty of wounding with intent at the end of a trial in September.

Pre-sentence reports are being prepared on the girl, who was 14 at the time of the attack.

Surrey County Council, on behalf of the college, claimed the "strict anti-bullying policy" which was in place when Natashia was attacked "is effective", but also said there were "a number of incidents" of bullying involving the victim.

Surgery on eyelid

Natashia said during the trial how she had suffered bullying at several schools, and had been pigeon-holed as a "metaller" because of the music she listened to and the clothes she wore.

The three girls had threatened to cut off her hair and were asking other pupils at Collingwood College to lend them some scissors.

The incident was both disturbing and violent and measures have been taken to ensure no such incident can happen again
Statement from Collingwood College
During a confrontation in the school dinner queue on 11 November last year, Natashia said she decided to "stand up for myself for once".

She was stabbed in the eye, head and back, and needed surgery on her left eyelid.

Sentencing two of the girls on Friday, Judge John Crocker said: "I have thought long and hard about what to do with you two because I would be perfectly justified in sending you to custody."

But he handed down community orders to them after accepting there was "another side to both of you".

None of the girls, nor Natashia, are still pupils at the school.

A statement released by Surrey County Council on behalf of Collingwood College said: "The authority reiterates its regrets that any pupil should have to suffer the attack Natashia went through."

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