A devoted teacher was stabbed to death in front of her horrified class yesterday by a pupil said to have a grudge against her. Children screamed as the 15-year-old boy calmly walked up behind Ann Maguire in the middle of a lesson and repeatedly stabbed her in the neck with a kitchen knife. It is thought to be the first time a pupil has killed a teacher in a British classroom. The attack comes 18 years after headmaster Philip Lawrence was stabbed to death outside the gates of his school.
As Mrs Maguire was being attacked, a fellow teacher raced in and grabbed the boy. Other staff helped to detain him until police arrived. The middle class pupil, who was described as an ‘outcast’, has a picture of the Grim Reaper on his Facebook page.
Mrs Maguire, 61, was taken to hospital by paramedics after the attack, at around 11.45am. But she was declared dead on arrival. Married with two grown -up daughters, Mrs Maguire was a caring Spanish teacher known as ‘the mother of her school’.
Fellow pupils said she had given the boy a detention last week and he told other pupils she was ‘always getting at him’. Children at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds were seen in tears as they were collected by their parents later in the afternoon, after learning of Mrs Maguire’s death. Nuns based at Corpus Christi Church, opposite the school, were seen comforting pupils in the hours after the killing.
A very sad and tragic day in the UK. May the Lord have mercy.
*Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of thy Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy clemency hear and answer me.
*Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.