A 15-year-old student from a Leeds secondary school was arrested and charged with murder last week after a teacher was stabbed to death in the classroom.
61-year-old Ann Maguire was stabbed numerous times by a knife-wielding student at Corpus Christi College, Osmondthorpe, on Monday 28th April.
Hundreds have left tributes outside the school to pay their respect to the former Spanish teacher and Head of Year 11 who had been in the profession for more than 40 years.
Police were called to the scene moments after the incident occurred and took the pupil into custody.
Questions regarding the safety of schools in Leeds were raised following the tragic incident yet Det Supt Simon Beldon reassured local residents that it was an isolated incident.
He said: “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 inquiries are at a very early stage but the full circumstances of this incident will obviously be the subject of a full and thorough investigation.”
The attack comes 18 years after headmaster Philip Lawrence was stabbed to death outside the gates of his school.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said the fatal stabbing was ‘a truly awful thing to have happened to a teacher in the course of her work to educate the next generation’.
“Appalling events like this are thankfully very rare indeed but the death of any teacher in her place of work, which should be a place of safety, is devastating,” she said.
“Our condolences go to the family and friends of this teacher, and to students and colleagues at the school.”