Teacher stabbed to death by 16-year-old student in Svitavy
A vocational school in the East Bohemian town of Svitavy is in mourning today after a 60-year-old teacher was stabbed to death by one of his students. The attack took place in the middle of a lesson, and was apparently unprovoked. The 16-year-old student has been taken into custody, and faces a prison sentence for murder. Rob Cameron has more on this shocking story.
Monday's attack was the first of its kind in the Czech Republic, and students, teachers and also politicians have all expressed their shock at what happened in Svitavy. Experts say aggression among schoolchildren is rising, though they point out it is rare for children to attack an adult, normally choosing to take out their frustration on their peers.
Whether Monday's attack will lead to any concrete measures to increase security in schools remains to be seen. Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla told reporters it was necessary to investigate to what extent the attack was an isolated incident. Education Minister Petra Buzkova meanwhile said no amount of security could have prevented such an attack, describing it as a horrific, but isolated tragedy.