Statement on incident at Dixons Kings Academy Bradford (12 Jun 2015)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has promised to continue to do everything possible to help keep students, staff, parents and school visitors safe.

A teacher at the Dixons Kings Academy, Bradford, was stabbed yesterday (Thursday) and remains in hospital where he is recovering from his injuries.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested and has now been charged with attempted murder.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

"I would like to wish the teacher a quick and lasting recovery from the events of yesterday and my thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time.

"Thankfully though incidents like this are extremely rare in schools across West Yorkshire and I want it to stay that way.

"School safety is a very important issue - it is vital that pupils and students feel that they are in a safe environment so they can learn and thrive - and that members of staff, parents and other visitors to schools also feel secure.

"I will therefore be speaking to the Chief Officer Team at West Yorkshire Police to ensure everything possible is being done.

"There are over 50 officers across West Yorkshire who are based in schools and in Bradford every secondary school is linked directly to an officer.

"It the job of officers to work with schools to offer advice to everyone, for example around crime prevention and helping ensure students avoid a life of crime.

"They are also there to help with general problem solving and I know that they make a real difference from the conversations I have had and the work I have seen first hand.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to those people caught up in the events on Thursday and the manner of how the police investigation was carried out.

"Everyone conducted themselves very well in difficult circumstances and the wider community around the school rallied round together to help out.

"Police officers remain in the area today and will continue as always to offer help and support to anyone who need it."

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