A youth leans against the fence surrounding Corpus Christi
Catholic College after teacher Anne Maguire was fatally
stabbed in Leeds, northern England. Photo by Reuters
A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murdering a
female teacher in northern England.
Ann Maguire, 61, was stabbed in front of about 30 pupils at
Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, about 280km north
of London, shortly before noon on Monday, and was pronounced
dead in hospital.
Maguire, a mother of two who taught Spanish and religious
education, had worked at the school for nearly 40 years and
was due to retire this summer.
A teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was
arrested after her murder and charged on Wednesday with
"We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to
charge this youth with the murder of Ann Maguire and that it
is in the public interest to do so," Peter Mann, head of the
local Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said in a statement.
The death has shocked Britain where violence in schools is
rare. It comes a week after British media reported that from
2011 and 2013, some 1,000 school children were caught on
school premises with lethal weapons such as guns, knives,
axes and hammers.
Tributes for Maguire flowed from across the country while
those who knew her laid flowers and cards outside the school.
"My thoughts are with the family of Anne Maguire, as well as
the staff and pupils of Corpus Christi school, where she was
stabbed to death," Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted.
Prosecutors said the 15-year-old charged with her murder
would appear at a Leeds youth court on May 1 and at Leeds
Crown Court for a bail hearing the next day.
Maguire was said to be the first school teacher to be killed
by a student since Philip Lawrence, a London headmaster, who
was stabbed at the gates of his senior school in 1995.
The worst-ever attack on a school in Britain was at the
Dunblane Primary School in Scotland in March 1996 when Thomas
Hamilton, 43, entered the school armed with four handguns,
killing 16 children and one adult before committing