Care­taker leaves over knife scare at school

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

A head teacher says a care­taker in­volved in an out­burst in front of shocked pupils is no longer em­ployed at the school.

Paramedics were called to the Nor­ton Knatch­bull School at lunchtime on the fi­nal day of term be­fore the Easter hol­i­days last month.

The care­taker was seen “be­hav­ing er­rat­i­cally” in front of pupils, and it is be­lieved that the in­ci­dent in­volved a knife.

It hap­pened just days af­ter an Of­sted in­spec­tion, and school head Su­sanne Staab sent an email to parents about the out­burst.

Ms Staab 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.

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

Ms Staab said pupils who had wit­nessed the in­ci­dent had been of­fered full pas­toral sup­port, and said the gram­mar school in Hythe Road, Ash­ford, has now car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In a fol­low up email sent to parents this week she said: “I write Head teacher Su­sanne Staab to con­firm that we have com­pleted our in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent which oc­curred at school on Fri­day, March 31, and that we have taken the ap­pro­pri­ate fol­low-up ac­tion.

“The mem­ber of staff con- cerned is no longer em­ployed at the school.”

Ms Staab did not com­ment on whether the care­taker, who is a teenager him­self, was dis­missed from his role for mis­con­duct, or whether he had re­signed.

Nei­ther has she com­mented on ques­tions about whether any pupils had faced dis­ci­plinary ac­tion over the in­ci­dent.

She added: “The school will con­tinue to sup­port any stu­dents who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent and who feel they would ben­e­fit from dis­cussing the mat­ter fur­ther.”

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