Col­lege teacher stabbed in class

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A 17-year-old in­ter­na­tional stu­dent has been ar­rested af­ter a teacher was stabbed at Avon­dale Col­lege yes­ter­day.

The 50-year-old male teacher was taken to Auck­land Hospi­tal just be­fore mid­day af­ter be­ing stabbed in the back with a knife in class while he was writ­ing on the white­board.

In­spec­tor Cor­nell Kluessien says the teacher was able to talk as he was taken away by am­bu­lance.

“There didn’t seem to be any im­me­di­ate life . dan­ger, but ob­vi­ously it is a stab wound.”

A St John spokesman con­firmed he was in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

The stu­dent walked out of the school but was ap­pre­hended by po­lice at 12.45pm in Blockhouse Bay, near his house.

An as­so­ciate of the al­leged of­fender, who was with the teen when he was ar­rested, is help­ing po­lice with their in­quiries.

Po­lice im­me­di­ately be­gan an ex­am­i­na­tion of the class­room where the stab­bing took place.

Stu­dents were kept in the school af­ter the stab­bing to make sure they were briefed and coun­sel­lors were called in, par­tic­u­larly for the stu­dents who were in the room when it hap­pened.

One stu­dent was leav­ing the school with her fa­ther shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent but was too up­set to talk to the me­dia.

When asked if she had seen the stab­bing hap­pen, she nod­ded.

Avon­dale Col­lege is one of New Zealand’s big­gest secondary schools with 2600 stu­dents, in­clud­ing 150 in­ter­na­tional fee pay­ing stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to the school’s web­site.

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