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Husband of murdered Ann Maguire says he fears MORE teachers will be killed in class

Mirror logo Mirror 22/11/2017 Lucy Thornton
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The husband of murdered Ann Maguire warns more teachers could be killed as lessons have not been learned from his wife’s death.

Don Maguire said further incidents were “more likely” because pupils were not asked why they did not raise the alarm over classmate William Cornick’s threats to kill her.

Today an inquest jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing. They ruled the fact 10 pupils did not report Cornick’s threats, and teachers had not properly shared his behaviour problems, were “contributory factors”.

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The jury added: “The 15-year-old pupil’s intention to unlawfully kill a teacher was clear prior to the incident.

“Overall communication leading up to the incident was inadequate. There were missed opportunities to share and record problem behaviour.”

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Thanking jurors later, Don said: “We don’t seek to blame anyone, simply to understand what went wrong on that day to prevent it happening again. There is more to learn.” The inquest heard Cornick told at least 10 pupils of his plot to kill Spanish teacher Ann, 61. Four or five were shown the knife he intended to use on the morning of the murder.

Others knew about the plot up to a week before his attack at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Halton, Leeds, in 2014.

Cornick, who admitted the attack and got a life sentence, claimed from jail he had “wanted to be stopped”.

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But legal papers seen by the Mirror say no one has been asked why other students had not told an adult about his threats.

Legal submissions handed to Wakefield coroner’s court on behalf of Mr Maguire said: “The grown-ups do not understand [the inactions of children] as they have not asked. The result is... lesson learning remains incomplete. The concern is that makes a further incident more likely.”

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The submission added not one pupil had alerted teachers. Corpus Christi has since introduced a new policy on knives.

Coroner Kevin McLoughlin’s recommendations included a national school policy of “see a knife, tell a teacher”.

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