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Pupil Kills Teacher Anne Maguire In Leeds: Calls To Treat All Schoolchildren As Criminals?

by | 28th, April 2014

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ANNE Maguire, 61, a Spanish teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds has been stabbed to death with a knife in front of pupils. A 15-year-old male pupil is in custody.

Detective Superintendent Simon Beldon, from West Yorkshire Police:

“We would like to reassure people that this has been an isolated incident and there is no ongoing risk to pupils or staff at the school. The situation is under control and officers, including safer schools officers and members of the local neighbourhood policing team, are currently at the school and are liaising closely with staff. The rest of the school is continuing to operate as normal and we would ask that parents do not attend the site unless directly requested to do so by the school. Our enquiries are at a very early stage but the full circumstances of this incident will obviously be the subject of a full and thorough investigation.”

Steve Mort, the headteacher, says:

“We try to put our mission as a Catholic College into practice every day in the way we treat others within our community – together we work, learn, pray and grow.”

The Telegraph gives us some more facts:

According to Ofsted, 52 per cent of pupils achieved expected progress in English last year and 60 per cent in Maths – putting the school in the bottom 40 per cent of all schools.

Good to know. But relevant?

The buildings date back to 1968 and the site is one of the city’s ‘Building Schools for the Future’ projects. In 2010 it was awarded the International School Award by the British Council.

After the filler, we hear from an eyewitness:

 “He just did it in front of everyone really. I was doing some science work. I just heard everyone screaming and running about and then we got told to stay there and told that a teacher had been attacked by one of the students… I did not expect it to be him at all.”

The Times adds:

Mrs Maguire, who had been stabbed a number of times, died later in hospital.

Adding:

The incident will provoke memories of Philip Lawrence, a head teacher stabbed to death outside his school in Maida Vale, London, in 1995 when he went to the aid of a pupil being attacked by a gang.

 

Undated hand photos of Philip Lawrence (left), the headmaster who was brutally murdered by Learco Chindamo (right), outside his school as he defended a pupil. Chindamo, who was 15 at the time of the stabbing, was found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey in October 1996. Issue date: Monday April 28, 2014. The killing of a teacher at a school in Leeds brings back memories of the murder of headmaster Philip Lawrence in 1995. He had gone to the aid of one of his pupils who was being attacked with an iron bar at the gates of St George's RC School in Maida Vale, west London. Mr Lawrence, 48, was seeing his pupils off from school, as he did every day, when he spotted one of his students being hit over the head. See PA story POLICE Teacher Lawrence. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

 

Indeed, the killing of a teacher at a school in Leeds brings back memories of the murder of headmaster Philip Lawrence in 1995. He had gone to the aid of one of his pupils who was being attacked with an iron bar at the

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