By Deborah Ayoade
On Monday Morning, Spanish school teacher Ann Maguire, 61, was savagely attacked in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.
West Yorkshire Police later confirmed that a 15-year-old boy who attended the school has been identified as the suspect and has now been charged for her murder.
He will appear at Leeds Youth Court tomorrow morning.
The boy is alleged to have repeatedly attacked Mrs Maguire from behind with a kitchen knife, while she stood in her classroom attending to one of her students. A fellow teacher from the classroom next door rushed into help aid the situation after hearing loud screaming.
On arrival to the classroom she was met with a distraught Mrs Maguire who collapsed into her arms.
The young boy reportedly dropped the knife and fled the scene, to be tackled in the school corridor by the Assistant Head Teacher and detained by staff. The police were contacted and the boy was arrested at the school.
Reasons for the pupil’s motive behind the stabbing is yet to be released, although it has been suggested that the student may have held a grudge against Mrs Maguire due to the actions of her recently confiscating his mobile phone and giving him detention.
Officers are currently in the process of interviewing up to 30 students who had witness the attack that took place in the classroom.
The teacher who was popularly deemed the best teacher by both past and present student had been due to retire in September, making this her last term before taking her leave from full-time work at the school where she had spent her 40 year career.
It has been reported that the school teacher pleaded for students to flee the classroom rather than bear witness to the horrific attack on her. Floral tributes and messages have been laid outside the school gates by current and formal students, a community service was held at the neighbouring church on this morning.
Head Teacher, Steve Mort made the decision to keep the school open yesterday stating that ‘Ann Maguire always put the needs of the children first. She was concerned about their welfare and safeguarding…we are absolutely confident that Ann would have wanted the school to have been open today.’
The Head Teacher also went on to note that scanners and metal detectors will not be introduced at Corpus Christi Catholic College as the school is treating this as an isolated incident. The Head teacher also believed that Mrs Maguire would have been strongly opposed to implementing screening procedures at Corpus Christi Catholic College. The school will continue with their use of their dedicated ‘Safer Schools Officer’ as it has been previously advised by the former chairman of Ofsted, Zenna Atkins that, ‘scanners would not prevent random and horrific acts of violence, and warned against a Knee-jerk reaction’