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A female teacher has been stabbed to death inside a school in Leeds.

Police said a 15-year-old male pupil at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Neville Road had been arrested.

The 61-year-old woman, who has not been named, was taken to hospital but later pronounced dead.

Det Supt Simon Beldon, of West Yorkshire Police, described the stabbing as an "isolated incident" and said there was "no ongoing risk to pupils or staff".

Two pupils at the scene told the BBC that children were seen screaming and running out a classroom following the attack.

The BBC's education correspondent Sean Coughlan said the incident would bring back memories of Philip Lawrence, a head teacher who was killed outside a school in Maida Vale, London, in 1995.

Mr Lawrence was murdered when he went to help a pupil who was being attacked.

'Under control'

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_73496852_coughlan112x81.jpgAnalysisSean CoughlanBBC News education correspondent

Teachers have warned repeatedly of the risks of violent attacks.

The most recent figures show 550 pupils a year in England being permanently excluded from school for physical attacks on adult staff.

But such a deadly attack on a teacher remains very rare.

It will bring back memories of Philip Lawrence, a head teacher who was killed outside St George's school in Maida Vale in 1995.

Mr Lawrence was murdered when he went to help a pupil who was being attacked.

Schools have become much more security-conscious in the intervening years, with an increasing use of metal detectors, CCTV cameras and security gates.

There are police based in some secondary schools.

Much of this has been because of the rise in knife attacks between teenagers.

Airport-style security arches to detect knives and guns have become a regular part of many inner-city secondary schools and colleges.

These knife arches are sometimes permanent and others are brought in as a temporary deterrent.

And head teachers have been told that they have powers to search for weapons or drugs.

The call to police came from the ambulance service shortly before 12:00 BST.

Mr Beldon added: "The situation is under control and officers, including safer schools officers and members of the local neighbourhood policing team, are currently at the school and are liaising closely with staff."

He said the "rest of the school is continuing to operate as normal".

Mr Beldon stressed that parents of pupils at the school should "not attend the site unless directly requested to do so by the school".

The college has 950 pupils and according to its website it retains "traditional values", describing these as "a strong Christian ethos, a broad and varied curriculum, good teaching and learning, excellent discipline and outstanding pastoral care".

Mr Beldon said inquiries at the school were at "a very early stage but the full circumstances of this incident will obviously be the subject of a full and thorough investigation".

The BBC's Danny Savage said the school was on a large estate to the east of the city, well known to residents.

"It's regarded as a good school in what in the past could be regarded as a problematic area overall," he said.

Death 'devastating'

_74496628_photo1.jpgThere was a police presence at the school on Monday

Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, said: "We are aware of the serious incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College this morning and our thoughts are with all those concerned."

He added: "We are working with the school to support pupils and staff at this very upsetting time."

Mr Riordan said the authority was "working closely with the police and helping with their investigation".

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said the fatal stabbing was "a truly awful thing to have happened to a teacher in the course of her work to educate the next generation".

"Appalling events like this are thankfully very rare indeed but the death of any teacher in her place of work, which should be a place of safety, is devastating.

"Our condolences go to the family and friends of this teacher, and to students and colleagues at the school."

She added that the NUT would provide help and assistance to the college and its community.

Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central, the constituency in which the college is located, said the killing was "profoundly saddening".

"It is not representative of the college or the community that surrounds it," he said.

While "shocking, terrible" attacks like this were rare, that would be "no comfort" to the dead teacher's family, Mr Benn added.

Pupils have been paying tribute to the teacher on Twitter.

One said, she had "made our Year 11 best time of our life, what an amazing woman RIP".

Another said: "I actually feel sick... RIP to probably the best teacher ever."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-27193638

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RihannaRTT 12,170

How horrible. And the teacher was 61 as well, like how disrespectful. And yet because the killer is 15, they'll probably keep their identity hidden because he's a minor etc, so he'll get all that help, and the person he killed just gets death. smh. 

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Chanel 398

How horrible. And the teacher was 61 as well, like how disrespectful. And yet because the killer is 15, they'll probably keep their identity hidden because he's a minor etc, so he'll get all that help, and the person he killed just gets death. smh. 

their identity will probs leak, or at least be revealed to people in the area. kids are gonna notice that a kid has suddenly stopped coming. 

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How horrible. And the teacher was 61 as well, like how disrespectful. And yet because the killer is 15, they'll probably keep their identity hidden because he's a minor etc, so he'll get all that help, and the person he killed just gets death. smh.

I know, right? She was an older lady. Like, no threat to anyone I'm sure. Kids keep doing fucked up shit like this. Can't a minor still get jail time for murder?

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Dita 5,076

This is why I'm not becoming a secondary school teacher. 

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How horrible. And the teacher was 61 as well, like how disrespectful. And yet because the killer is 15, they'll probably keep their identity hidden because he's a minor etc, so he'll get all that help, and the person he killed just gets death. smh. 

I doubt he'll have it easy. He may never get a job with this kind of record. I don't mean to sound nasty but this will most likely affect him much more than the 61 year old. The 61 year old, at least, hopefully, had a good 40+ years as an adult, this kid has basically closed almost every door at 15.

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I know, right? She was an older lady. Like, no threat to anyone I'm sure. Kids keep doing fucked up shit like this. Can't a minor still get jail time for murder?

 

The age of criminal responsibility in the UK is 10 so you can be prosecuted at any age after that, but anyone under 18 will be sent to a Young Offenders Institute until they turn 18 and then they'll serve the rest of their sentence in a regular prison.

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This is tragic but I couldn't help thinking it would have been mighty intriguing if this story and the one about the teacher giving a 15 year old a lapdance were connected :rip2:

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