His mum told vic­tim ‘not to be alone’ with him

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WILL Cor­nick’s mum re­vealed how she had warned teacher Ann Maguire “not to be alone” with her son.

Speak­ing for the first time, his par­ents, who are di­vorced, said Cor­nick “very much re­grets” killing her. Coroner Kevin McLough­lin read out their state­ments to the in­quest.

Mum Michelle Lead­bet­ter and dad Ian Cor­nick said he “hated” Span­ish and “dis­liked” Mrs Maguire.

His mum said: “At the time Will started high school, he was badly beaten up at the school gates. He also had his di­a­betes di­ag­no­sis, and be­gan to dis­tance him­self.”

She added: “Some time on Fe­bru­ary 11, 2014 Will said to me, ‘I can’t stand Mrs Maguire.’”

That same month she also be­came aware her son had ig­nored de­ten­tion given by Mrs Maguire.

She said: “I took the ini­tia­tive to ring the school be­cause I wanted to dis­cuss Will drop­ping Span­ish.”

That re­quest was de­nied, but she added: “I asked Mrs Maguire to make sure she was not alone with him as their re­la­tion­ship had bro­ken.

“I meant it would be un­pro­duc­tive to talk with Will alone as he had made his mind up. I did not mean he would be vi­o­lent or any­thing of the sort.”

Dad Ian said: “He is scared and feels iso­lated in prison. He is des­per­ate to find a route to ‘get bet­ter’.

“I do not be­lieve Will’s school let Will down. I can­not point to any­thing that could have fore­warned any­body.”

SCHOOL Cor­pus Christi Catholic Col­lege in east Leeds

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