Stabbed teacher on mend
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.