UK bishop says school stabbing a 'senseless tragedy'

Flowers for the teacher

The bishop in charge of Catholic Education in England and Wales has described the stabbing of teacher Anne Maguire as a 'senseless tragedy', reports The Tablet.

Mrs Maguire, a 61-year-old mother of two who taught Spanish and Religious Education at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, was yesterday stabbed to death in her classroom. 

A 15-year-old male pupil at the college has been held in connection with the attack. 

Responding to the tragedy Bishop Malcolm McMahon, the Chairman of the Catholic Education Service who is due to be installed as Archbishop of Liverpool this Thursday, said: 'I was shocked and saddened to hear of Anne Maguire’s death yesterday. My prayers, and those of every Catholic parish and school in England & Wales, will be with her family and friends, the staff and students of Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, and all who have been affected in any way by this senseless tragedy.'

Tributes have been paid to Mrs Maguire who taught at the school for 40 years and was due to retire this summer. Mass was said this morning at the church of Corpus Christi near to the school where Mrs Maguire was an active parishioner.


Bishop for education describes stabbing of teacher at Leeds Catholic school as 'senseless tragedy' (The Tablet)

Mass for UK teacher stabbed to death (SBS)