By Calvin Palmer
A science teacher was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a 14-year-old boy following an alleged assault at a school in Mansfield, England, yesterday that left the boy with serious head injuries.
Peter Harvey, 49, is also being questioned about two alleged assault on two other students during the same incident at All Saints’ Roman Catholic School.
Police were called to the school after paramedics arrived to find the 14-year-old pupil lying in a pool of blood at the entrance to a classroom in the science block.
At a news conference today, Detective Superintendent Adrian Pearson, of Nottinghamshire Police said that the two other pupils, a boy and a girl believed to be aged 14, were allegedly assaulted during the same incident in which the teenager was hurt, though less seriously.
The boy was taken to King’s Mill Hospital but his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a specialist unit at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
Pearson said: “An ambulance was called at just after 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning. Subsequently, a 14-year-old boy was taken to hospital having sustained serious head injuries.
“A 49-year-old local man is in custody at the moment and it is appropriate to say he has also been arrested on suspicion of assaulting two further children at the time of the incident.
“He will be questioned about that in the next few hours.”
Parents outside the school expressed shock and disbelief.
One father said: “It’s a massive shock and very sad.”
Claire Tonks, 23, was dropping her nephew at the school today. She said: “It’s a good school and I can’t believe it as it could have been my nephew.”
Chris Holmes, 19, a former pupil at the school, said: “I’m shocked. He was an all right teacher and a decent guy.”
Tony Egginton, the Mayor of Mansfield, sent his daughter to the school.
He said: “It’s exceedingly sad that this happened. We don’t know the full details but it does seem bizarre that this has happened. It’s very concerning and I feel for the parents of the other pupils.”