The Courier-Mail

SCHOOL PICK-UP HORROR

Frenzied stabbing as kids watch in horror

- BRITTANY VONOW

AN ANGRY father demanded to see his children before stabbing a man up to five times as terrified primary school children watched the frenzied attack.

Witnesses outside Wynnum State School told The Courier-Mail they heard the man yell “I want the kids, I’ve got a knife” seconds before stabbing the 45-year-old man in the school pick-up area just before 3pm.

Parents watched as the two men argued before the attacker reached for a knife.

“All I heard was screaming, a woman saying ‘stop, stop,’ ” said Julie Cartwright, who rushed to help the victim.

AN ANGRY father demanded to see his children before stabbing a man up to five times as terrified primary school children watched the frenzied attack.

Witnesses outside Wynnum State School told The Courier-Mail they heard the man yell “I want the kids, I’ve got a knife” seconds before stabbing the 45-yearold man in the school pickup area just before 3pm.

Parents watched as the two men argued before the 34-year-old attacker reached for a kitchen knife.

“All I heard was screaming, a woman saying ‘ stop, stop,’ ” said Julie Cartwright, who rushed to help the injured man. “Next thing you know they were on the ground fighting.”

After the stabbing, the man fled inside the school grounds where children were leaving class.

Witnesses said the school was in lockdown for up to 20 minutes and teachers were stationed at every exit.

“We started heading out the way we normally do and we were stopped by a teacher and the principal was announcing over the loud speaker that we weren’t allowed to exit the school,’’ one mother said.

“My daughter is still asking questions ... I’m scared to drop her off at school now.’’

Another witness said up to 10 police officers were called in as backup.

Several children who witnessed the attack are understood to have provided police with statements and will be offered counsellin­g by the school.

The 45-year-old

was rushed to the Prin- cess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition.

Acting Inspector Andrew Dupere said students would have e seen the attack.

“That’s the distressin­g part,” he said. “Children and parents were coming out and they have most definitely witnessed the incident.”

He said the men were known to each other.

There were unconfirme­d reports last night that the attacker had recently got out of prison and had come to visit his children.

The attacker was last night being questioned by police but no charges had been laid.

No staff or students were involved in the incident.

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 ??  ?? VIOLENCE: Police at the scene (top and inset) and the aftermath (above). Pictures: Adam Smith
VIOLENCE: Police at the scene (top and inset) and the aftermath (above). Pictures: Adam Smith

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