A local secondary school was put on lockdown this morning after a student allegedly stabbed a teacher, resulting in the adult being hospitalised and the teenager taken into custody.
The incident occurred at Tewkesbury School, where Gloucestershire police responded to an urgent call at approximately 9.10am. Reports suggest that a pupil attacked a teacher, causing the school to implement immediate lockdown procedures.
“A teenage boy has been arrested in connection with the incident,” confirmed a Gloucestershire Police spokesperson. The adult victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of a suspected stab wound. The condition of the teacher is currently unknown.
Parents of Tewkesbury students received an advisory at around 9.30am, alerting them to the lockdown. The message implored them to avoid coming to the school premises or contacting the school office, promising to provide further information soon.
The adjacent Tirlebrook Primary School, which includes a nursery called Little Oaks, also went into lockdown as a precautionary measure, according to a Facebook post by the school.
School authorities stated: “An incident has occurred this morning at Tewkesbury Academy and we have been advised by Tewkesbury Police to put in place a lockdown.”
A police presence was confirmed at the primary school, and the statement continued to reassure parents: “We would like to reassure all families that children at Tirlebrook and Little Oaks are safe and well.” The school requested that parents avoid visiting or contacting the school to ensure the safety of the children and not compromise ongoing police operations.
This alarming incident underlines the pressing need for the provision of safety in educational institutions. Local authorities are expected to investigate the circumstances leading up to the assault while schools review their security measures to prevent such incidents in the future. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.