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Schoolboy Arrested After Teacher Stabbed

Sky News logo Sky News 11/06/2015

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a teacher was stabbed in the stomach at a Bradford school.

The 14-year-old was detained in Bradford city centre after police issued an appeal for information about the pupil's whereabouts.

Police say the 50-year-old male teacher was stabbed once in the stomach during a science class just before 9am at Dixons Kings Academy.

He was taken to hospital, but did not suffer internal bleeding and is said to be in a stable condition. The boy immediately fled after the attack.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We have just arrested a 14-year-old male in connection with this offence and he is currently in custody on suspicion of attempted murder."


Det Supt Atkinson described the attack as an "isolated incident", adding that it was witnessed by a number of pupils.

He said: "The male teacher, aged 50, suffered a single stab wound to his stomach and was taken to hospital.

"His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and his condition is currently described as stable. His family are with him at his bedside.

"There were a number of pupils who witnessed this incident, which took place in a classroom, and they are currently liaising with our specially trained officers who are obviously supporting them at this difficult time.

"This is believed to be an isolated incident and the police are continuing inquiries to establish the facts.

"I would like to reassure residents and staff that all necessary resources are being deployed to investigate this ongoing and clearly serious incident."

Police hunt boy, 14, after teacher stabbed at school © PA Police hunt boy, 14, after teacher stabbed at school Neil Miley, principal at Dixons Kings Academy, said the school's thoughts are with the teacher and his family.

"We're working closely with the police and our main priority at this moment is the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff community," he said.

"All students are safe and calm and have responded with tremendous maturity during a very difficult time for our school."

Mr Miley added that counsellors were at the school to help pupils who need support.

Dixons Kings Academy was formerly the Kings Science Academy and joined the Dixons chain earlier this year.

Kings Science Academy, which was visited by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012, was one of the first 24 free schools to open in 2011.

The school was rated as requiring improvement by Ofsted following an inspection last December.


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