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10th Jul 2023

School in lockdown after ‘teacher stabbed by student’

Steve Hopkins

Parents have been asked to stay away from the school ‘as this could compromise the police operation currently underway’

A school is in lockdown after a student reportedly stabbed a teacher and then fled, with parents being asked to stay away.

Gloucestershire Police are at the scene at Tewkesbury School along with other emergency services.

The Mirror reported that a student had attacked a teacher with a knife, but police are yet to confirm the nature of the emergency.

A teenage boy was later arrested while the teacher was taken to hospital.

Parents and carers are being urged not to attend the school or call the office although there are believed to be around 100 people outside, the publication suggested.

Pictures on social media show a large police presence at the school.

Gloucestershire Police tweeted shortly before 1030am: “Emergency services are at the scene of an incident at Tewkesbury School on Ashchurch Road. The school is in lockdown while police are at the scene. More information will be released in due course.”

The identity of the teacher or the student is so far unknown.

One person wrote on Facebook: “Hope everyone is as okay as can thinking of all the staff and students and their families.”

A message from Tirlebrook Primary School on Facebook read: “An incident has occurred this morning at Tewkesbury Academy (Tewkesbury School) and we have been advised by Tewkesbury Police to put in place a lockdown.

“We have a police presence at school and are being fully supported at this time. We would like to reassure all families that children at Tirlebrook and Little Oaks are safe and well.

“We must ask that families do not come to school during this time as this could compromise the police operation currently underway and also compromise the safety of the children.

“During this situation all school staff will be supporting the children and liaising with the police so we would ask that you do not attempt to communicate with the school office. “

This is a breaking news story. More to follow.