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Teen, 15, charged over stabbing of teacher at Tewkesbury school

Callum Jones

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Teen, 15, charged over stabbing of teacher at Tewkesbury school

A 15-year-old boy has been charged after a teacher was stabbed in a Gloucestershire school.

Gloucestershire Police were called to Tewkesbury Academy in Tewkesbury at 9.10am on Monday (10 July) following reports a student stabbed a teacher.

Taking place in the school corridor, maths teacher Jamie Sansom received a single stab wound from a pupil at the school.

Shortly after this, Tewkesbury Academy went into a school-wide lockdown, while two other schools in the district were also advised to close by police, as a precaution.

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Mr Sansom, from Newport, Wales, was rushed to hospital following the incident.

Thankfully, the much-loved maths teacher entered hospital in a stable condition, and was released less than 24 hours after the incident to recuperate at home.

The stabbing happened at Tewkesbury Academy on Monday, 10 July. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
The stabbing happened at Tewkesbury Academy on Monday, 10 July. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A 15-year-old from Tewkesbury fled the scene shortly after 9:10am, and was arrested two hours later in the nearby Stoke Orchard area on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Following intense police questioning, the teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons due to his age, was charged with section 18 attempted wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article on school premises on Tuesday (11 July).

The teen remained in police custody overnight, and will appear at Cheltenham magistrates court today (12 July).

Since the incident, Mr Sansom has released a statement, saying he would like to return to the classroom before school is out for summer.

In fact, Mr Sansom is due to move schools at the end of the academic year, so is hoping for one last hooray at Tewkesbury Academy.

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In a statement, he said: "On police advice, I can’t comment in detail about what happened, but I want to address some misinformation which has been circulating in coverage of yesterday’s incident.

Jamie Sansom released a statement on the matter after being discharged from hospital. Credit: Facebook/Jamie Sansom
Jamie Sansom released a statement on the matter after being discharged from hospital. Credit: Facebook/Jamie Sansom

"It is not true to say I was intervening in a fight between students. In my view, there was no point at which Tewkesbury students faced any direct threat.

"I am pleased to say I am recovering well. I was well looked after at Gloucester Royal, and by the police, and I’m grateful for that.

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"My thanks to everyone who helped put me on the road to what is expected to be a full recovery."

The teacher went on to thanks his colleagues and parents at the school for their support, before adding: "I’m due to move to a new school at the end of the year, and it would mean a lot to me to have the opportunity to say goodbye before I move on."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Jamie Sansom / Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Topics: UK News, Crime, Education

Callum Jones
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