Teacher on the mend
A TEACHER stabbed in the back by a student while teaching a class is in good shape and at home recovering well, says the school’s principal.
Avondale College teacher Dave Warren received stitches to the stab wound in his shoulder and is now recuperating at home after Tuesday’s ordeal.
Principal Brent Lewis says Mr Warren was remaining philosophical about what had happened.
“He is a private person,” says Mr Lewis.
“He did say to me though that this was a one in a million thing and in no way did this reflect on his experience at the college.”
The incident began around 11.40am on Tuesday when a student stabbed Mr Warren with a knife while he had his back turned to the class as he wrote on the whiteboard.
Police arrested a 17-yearold an hour later near his Blockhouse Bay home, 3km away from the school.
Tae Won Chung appeared in the Auckland District Court on Wednesday charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Chung was denied bail and was remanded in custody until March 18, pending a psychiatric report and victim impact statement.
The court heard that Chung’s mother had not been told about her son’s arrest because she suffered from a heart condition.
His father was due to arrive in Auckland yesterday.
r Lewis says while Mr Warren had indicated he would like to return to the school, he was unsure when that would be.
“He wants to return to school but obviously I’ve put no pressure on him.
“He’ll come when he’s ready.”
At a school assemby on Wednesday, Mr Lewis praised the students involved for keeping calm and thanked the wider community for their cooperation while the school went into lockdown.
“Now is the time for Avondale families to support one another because it really is such a great positive school,” he says.
He also says while Mr Warren’s colleagues were shocked at what had happened, they were remaining positive.
“Fortunately our teachers are of an extremely high calibre and are concentrating on the task at hand, which is educating our students.”
Staff from the college’s international school are lisising with Chung’s family and his host family in New Zealand.
Chung had been a student at the school since last year.