Vic­tim philo­soph­i­cal

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Carly Tawhiao

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 re­cu­per­at­ing at home af­ter Tues­day’s or­deal.

Prin­ci­pal

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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 about 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.

Mr 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 as­sem­bly 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 li­ais­ing with Chung’s fam­ily and his host fam­ily in New Zealand.

Chung had been a stu­dent at the school since last year.

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