Stabbed teacher on mend

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

AVON­DALE Col­lege stab­bing vic­tim David War­ren is still in hospi­tal, de­spite re­ports he was dis­charged the day of the at­tack.

The 49-year-old teacher was stabbed in the back with a knife by Korean stu­dent Tae Won Chung as he wrote on a white­board dur­ing a Ja­panese lan­guage les­son on March 3.

Mr War­ren’s in­juries were not thought to be life threat- en­ing but he was still in hospi­tal last week, three weeks af­ter the at­tack.

Avon­dale Col­lege prin­ci­pal Brent Lewis says Mr War­ren’s spinal chord was nicked when he was stabbed in the shoul­der but he is re­cov­er­ing well.

“He’s cop­ing and the prog­no­sis is pos­i­tive but as far as re­turn­ing to work, we’re putting no pres­sure on him.”

Chung has been charged with wound­ing Mr War­ren with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm and ap­peared in the Auck­land District Court on March 18 where he en­tered no plea.

The school went into lock­down af­ter the at­tack and Chung was ar­rested about an hour later near his host fam­ily’s home in Blockhouse Bay.

He was de­nied bail and name sup­pres­sion at his first court ap­pear­ance the next day.

Chung’s fa­ther flew in from Korea two days af­ter the at­tack and Korean con­sul Key Sun Shin says he will re­main in Auck­land for all the pro­ceed­ings.

Mr Shin also con­firmed that Chung’s mother had re­mained in Korea but was fully aware of her son’s sit­u­a­tion.

The 17-year-old has un­der­gone a psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment.

He is due to reap­pear in court to­day where an ap­pli­ca­tion for bail will be filed by his lawyer.

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

Mr Lewis says a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the school will make an ad­dress in court sup­port­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We’ve got two lines of re­spon­si­bil­ity here.

“One is for our staff mem­ber and the other is for our in­ter­na­tional stu­dent. We have a code of prac­tice to up­hold when host­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and it is in this ca­pac­ity that we will at­tend,” he says.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.