The police presence at a school attended by an alleged murder victim has been increased in a bid to reassure worried parents.

Justin McLaughlin, 14, attended St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, where steps have been taken to increase security at the campus.

A letter was sent to parents by the school which said police had sent additional resources to provide reassurance to pupils and employees.

The move came after Justin was alleged to have been fatally stabbed at High Street train station in Glasgow.

Justin died in hospital after the alleged attack following a visit to McDonalds with his friends.

St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge
St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge

St Ambrose headteacher, James McPartland, sent letters home with pupils in a bid to reassure anxious parents and carers.

He said: "I sent a letter to parents and carers to provide reassurance to them following the tragic death of a pupil and to reiterate the range of supports that are in place should their child require it.

"As I have made clear, the safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff are my priority and I wanted to clarify the procedures that are in place at the school to deal with any incidents and to ensure that people know how to access emotional and practical support.

"We work closely with community safety officers from Police Scotland and their presence is to provide additional reassurance to pupils and the wider community."

Police at the entrance to High Street Station, where Justin was found seriously injured
Police at the entrance to High Street Station, where Justin was found seriously injured

A memorial was held on Saturday for Justin near to his home in Baillieston, Glasgow, which was attended by dozens of heartbroken friends and relatives.

Scores of mourners in Celtic tops set off green and white smoke bombs and released balloons as police stood watch.

His mother Stephanie McLaughlin, 30, told how she was 'so lost' without her son.

She posted online: "I will never forget the day you were born my precious blue eyed boy.

"So lost without you, am missing you so much son.

"Wish I could wake up from this bad dream."

Inspector Neil MacLeod said: "We are working closely with St Ambrose High School in our efforts to offer their pupils, staff, and parents or carers, support following the death of one of their pupils.

"Officers will have a visible presence for reassurance and will work with the school to address any concerns raised."

A 16-year-old boy has appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with Justin's murder.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is also accused of assault to severe injury, threatening behaviour and having a bladed item in a public place.

He made no plea and was remanded in custody.

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