College teacher stabbed in class
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.