The frantic search for a 14-year-old boy, who allegedly stabbed a teacher at a top public school, has come to an end with the teen now in custody.
A teenage boy has been arrested after a teacher was allegedly stabbed at one of Perth’s top public schools on Monday.
The alleged incident triggered a lockdown at Willetton Senior High School, in the city’s southern suburbs, before police launched a major search for a 14-year-old boy.
“A 14-year-old student has been located and taken into custody in the Willetton area this evening, following an incident that occurred at Willetton Senior High School earlier today,” WA Police said in a statement on Monday night.
“Further information regarding this incident will be released tomorrow.”
A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said the woman, aged in her 50s, was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
She was in a stable condition and was expected to make a full recovery.
A police spokesman said the teacher suffered a “minor wound” as a result of allegedly being assaulted by a student.
“The student has left the school grounds and we’re now attempting to find the student,” police said earlier on Monday afternoon.
It was believed the alleged incident did not happen in a classroom setting and the victim was the school’s Year 8 co-ordinator.
Education Department director general Lisa Rodgers said students and staff were instructed to remain in their classrooms as a precaution.
“School staff acted immediately to ensure students were kept away from the situation,” she said.
“At no time were any students in danger.
“We send our best wishes to the teacher involved and will be offering her support and to any others affected by this incident.”
The State School Teachers’ Union of WA said it was “deeply disturbed” by the incident.
“Every teacher should be able to go to work confident that they will be safe from harm,” president Pat Byrne said.
“The union will liaise closely with the Department of Education to ensure all staff at the school get every support they need during this traumatic time.
“Through its Safety is Our Priority campaign, the SSTUWA has worked unceasingly to improve safety standards at schools.
“This incident is a reminder of the dangers teachers face and the need for constant improvements around safety in schools.”