Hereford & Worcester

Boy sentenced for school knife attack in Malvern

Chase School
Image caption Pupils were locked in their classrooms for about 45 minutes until school staff judged it safe to leave

A 13-year-old boy who attacked a teacher with a knife has been sentenced for malicious wounding, actual bodily harm and possession of knives in a public place.

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was a pupil at the Chase Technology College in Malvern where the incident happened last September.

He had admitted the charges at Worcester Youth Court.

He was given a 12-month referral order which includes anger management.

An exclusion period around the site of the incident and a three-month curfew from 22:00 to 07:00 were also imposed.

Following the attack, the boy went missing, sparking a police search until he was traced to a train bound for Hereford.

He was arrested by police at Ledbury station where it was discovered he had "several long-bladed knives" in his bag.

The teacher who was attacked suffered a minor injury and a 13-year-old girl was also slightly injured - which the court accepted "was an accident".

The referral order specified the teenager would be given training in problem solving, consequential thinking, victim impact and empathy.

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