School care­taker taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter ‘out­burst’

Probe launched and pas­toral staff ‘of­fer re­as­sur­ance’ to pupils

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Paramedics were called to a sec­ondary school af­ter a care­taker started “be­hav­ing er­rat­i­cally” in front of shocked pupils.

Staff at the Nor­ton Knatch­bull School in Ash­ford rang for an am­bu­lance af­ter the in­ci­dent on Fri­day lunchtime.

It hap­pened just days af­ter the school was in­spected by Of­sted.

Re­ports from par­ents that the in­ci­dent in­volved a knife have not been con­firmed.

Other re­ports sug­gest the staff mem­ber was dis­man­tling old fur­ni­ture when the “sud­den and un­ex­pected” out­burst took place.

Head teacher Su­sanne Staab sent an email to par­ents and car­ers af­ter the in­ci­dent, which she said was han­dled safely by lunchtime duty staff.

In her mes­sage, she said: “Dur­ing the lunch hour to­day, a mem­ber of our staff was sud­denly and un­ex­pect­edly taken very poorly and started to be­have er­rat­i­cally.

“This was wit­nessed by some of our stu­dents, who re­ported it to staff.

“Lunchtime duty staff ar­rived on scene very promptly and dealt with the in­ci­dent swiftly and sen­si­tively.

“Some of our stu­dents who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent did speak to our pas­toral staff, who of­fered re­as­sur­ance.

“An am­bu­lance was called and the mem­ber of staff was taken to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

“Please be as­sured that the school will take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion to fol­low up.”

The school has this week bro­ken up for the Easter hol­i­days but Ms Staab said the in­ci­dent is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the school.

She would not give any fur­ther de­tails about what hap­pened but added that the care­taker was the only per­son hurt.

Am­bu­lance ser­vice spokesman Rich Airey said one crew was sent to the school at 1.20pm to care for a teenage man, who was taken to the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal.

The con­tro­versy fol­lows a row at the same school a fort- night ago when an email was sent out to sixth-for­m­ers telling those who felt ill to “suck it up, cup­cake” and get into school rather than miss cru­cial lessons.

‘A mem­ber of our staff was sud­denly and un­ex­pect­edly taken very poorly’

Head teacher Su­sanne Staab said the in­ci­dent at Nor­ton Knatch­bull School was dealt with ‘swiftly and sen­si­tively’

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