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Teacher: I thought child locked in room would 'stab me'

A former teacher, who was sacked after one of her 10-year-old pupils was locked in a room, says she was "frightened to death" that he would stab her.

Julie Smith, a former special educational needs co-ordinator, said the child had become angry after being told bad news and went looking for a knife, compass or pair of scissors to attack her with.

She said he kicked and pulled hair from two other staff members, who locked him in a "quiet room" for "his own safety and the safety of everybody else".

Ms Smith told BBC Radio 5 live's Sam Walker: "I have four young children at home. I honestly thought he'd do something bad... I was scared for everybody."

However, the council said the young boy had no weapon, and locking him in the room would "never" be an acceptable way of dealing with a vulnerable child".

  • 08 Sep 2014
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