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    Monday April 7, 12:51 PM

    Armed men storm high school, 5 arrested

    Two people were taken to hospital after several young men armed with bats and a machete stormed a Sydney high school, attacking students and teachers and leaving a trail of damage, police say.

    A total of 18 children were treated by ambulance crews at the scene following the incident at Merrylands High School, in Sydney's west, about 9.45am (AEST) on Monday.

    An Ambulance Service of NSW spokesman said one student was later admitted to Westmead Children's Hospital for treatment of a "minor facial injury".

    A teacher was also taken to Westmead Hospital with bruising to the back of the head.

    "We've assessed 18 school-aged children ... all having minor injuries, some lacerations, some bruising and they're obviously quite anxious about what has happened," the ambulance spokesman said.

    The group of armed youths allegedly damaged classrooms, broke windows and assaulted students during the incident, police said.

    The school and students were placed in "lockdown" - confined to their classrooms - as the incident unfolded.

    "Police were called to the high school on Sherwood Road following reports a number of males had entered the school grounds," a NSW Police Force spokeswoman said earlier.

    "They allegedly damaged a number of classrooms (and) a number of students received minor injuries.

    "Some were assaulted by the group and others received injuries from the flying glass."

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