Moravian town in shock after intruder stabs student to death
The small town of Žďár nad Sázavou in the Vysošina region of the Czech Republic was thrown into deep shock on Tuesday morning following a savage knife attack on a secondary school that left one student dead and two others injured. The alleged perpetrator – a 26-year-old woman from the Ostrava region – is now in custody.
“A woman, who is not from this region, but rather from Ostrava region, broke in to the school, and essentially randomly picked out a victim, whom she attacked with a knife. This was a young man, 16 years of age. Two 17-year-old students were also subsequently injured. The police then intervened, and the perpetrator was apprehended. During this intervention, a police officer was injured. All the injuries were stab wounds.”
Soon after, a rapid response police unit arrived on the scene. Negotiations began, and the perpetrator was eventually tasered. But not before an officer managed to sustain knife injuries. The woman, who has not yet been named, is now in police custody. Unconfirmed reports suggest witnesses sensed she was on drugs, while other reports have emerged suggesting that she was a schizophrenic recidivist, who had carried out a stabbing two years previously at an elementary school in Havířov. Both female students are now being treated at Nové Město na Moravě Hospital - one reportedly has more serious injuries - with a third female student from the school also admitted for shock. The injured police officer is also receiving treatment.
Ironically, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka was due to attend a post-election event inthe town, which was subsequently cancelled. Meanwhile, the Czech Minister of Education Marcel Chládek promised to send inspectors to the school to investigate the security lapses which had occurred there. And in an interview with Czech Television, Ždar mayor Dagmar Zvěřinová spoke of the mood of shock that this seemingly random attack has caused in this community: