Girl, 11, charged after allegedly stabbing Townsville teacher

Updated

October 29, 2019 10:19:13

An 11-year-old girl tasered by police after allegedly stabbing a teacher in Townsville has been charged over the incident.

Key points:

  • The teacher has been released from hospital
  • The student will appear in the children’s court at a later date
  • Parents have praised the school’s handling of the situation

Officers and paramedics were called to Heatley State School about 11:30am yesterday after a 56-year-old female teacher was allegedly stabbed in the back of the shoulder with what officers believe was a small paring knife.

Both the teacher and student were taken to Townsville Hospital.

On Monday night the girl was charged with wounding, possession of a knife in a public place or school and threatening violence.

She will appear in the children’s court at a later date.

The teacher has been released from hospital and counselling has been offered to both the teachers and students at the school.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education yesterday said in a statement it was “aware of an incident at Heatley State School in which a teacher was injured”.

“The school initiated a lockdown procedure and contacted the Queensland Police Service and Queensland Ambulance Service immediately,” the spokesperson said.

“Any situation that threatens the safety and wellbeing of students or others in the school community is treated extremely seriously, and dealt with as a matter of priority.

“Violence in any form is not tolerated in Queensland state schools.”

On Facebook, parents praised the school’s handling of the situation.

Police said parents had no reason to be concerned about the ongoing welfare or safety of their children.

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October 29, 2019 09:56:25

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