High school teacher stabbed to death in Leeds

The deceased school teacher Anne Maguire

The deceased school teacher Anne Maguire

A female teacher has been stabbed to death in front of her pupils at a high school in Leeds. 

Spanish teacher Anne Maguire, 61, was taken to hospital following the attack for treatment but later pronounced dead.

A 15-year-old boy was detained by teaching staff at school named Corpus Christi Catholic College and later arrested in connection to the stabbing incident. He remains in police custody. 

West Yorkshire Police Protective Services (Crime) member, Detective Superintendent Simon Beldon has stated: “We would like to reassure people that this has been an isolated incident and there is no on-going 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.” 

The Prime Minister David Cameron has called the incident as “profoundly shocking”.

Mr Cameron has said: “My thoughts are with the family of Anne Maguire, as well as the staff and pupils of Corpus Christi school, where she was stabbed to death.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove has said: “This is an appalling tragedy. My deepest thoughts go to the victim’s family, her colleagues and the pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic College.”

A collection of flowers has already begun to build outside the school gate to pay tribute to the deceased teacher.

An investigation has been launched into the matter.

The police are trying to calm the public by calling the tragedy a rare one. However, the teaching unions have warned that assaults are becoming common practice with the passage of time.

The Department for Education statistics are evident that 40 pupils were expelled every day for attacks on staff during the 2010-2011 academic year.

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