Teacher stabbed at school in Bradford

A teacher was stabbed by a 14-year-old pupil at a school in Bradford this morning.

The attack took place at 8.55am at Dixons Kings Academy in the West Yorkshire city. The male teacher, aged 50, has been taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is described as stable.

A statement on the school website says: “The police and the academy are working together to investigate the incident. There is currently no ongoing risk to pupils or staff at the school.

“The school is continuing to operate as normal and police officers, including safer schools officers, are on site to support staff and students.”

Mary Bousted, Association of Teachers and Lecturers said: “I don’t think teachers can take any precautions to stop that sort of thing happening. Barring metal detectors, how can teachers protect themselves against a random act like that?

“People talk about metal arches outside schools, etc, etc. But, if someone wants to get a knife into a school, they will. Schools have perimeter fences – there are lots of ways to get things into a school that don’t involve going through an arch.

“It’s a sign of the terrible, terrible condition of our society, that teachers, who are working with young people, become the targets of this terrible violence.”

Russell Hobby National Association of Head Teachers general secretary, said: “It’s important to remember how rare these things are, and that’s why they’re so shocking. We have a very large education system, with millions of pupils and thousands of teachers, and there’s a random element in this. The majority of schools are doing the right things, in terms of protecting teachers and pupils.

“It’s important for each individual school to create the security measures to suit the individual context that they’re in, and not to apply the same blanket solution to all schools.

“For the school itself, the immediate challenge is to deal with the situation and make sure everybody is safe. It’s important to be able to talk about it, to be open and honest as a school, and not to try to do it all by themselves. There will be a lot of people in the town and the professional community, who will be wanting to help.”

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police, said: “At this stage we do not believe there is an ongoing risk to pupils or staff at the school. The rest of the school is continuing to operate as normal and local officers, including safer schools officers and members of the local area neighbourhood team, are currently at the school and are liaising closely with staff.

“We are also working closely with our partners in the local authorities to investigate the full circumstances of this incident, which will be the subject of a thorough investigation.”

Last year, Spanish and religious education teacher Ann Maguire was stabbed and fatally injured at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds.

Her attacker, Will Cornick, who was 15 at the time of the incident, was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder.

Additional reporting by Adi Bloom

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