Several schools in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire have been locked down after a student reportedly stabbed a teacher.
Several police vehicles are currently at the scene of the accident at Tewkesbury School on the city’s Ashchurch Road, following an emergency call.
A teenager has been arrested while a male teacher was taken to Gloucester Royal Hospital with a suspected stab wound.
The adult’s condition has not been confirmed.
Uniformed officers remain on duty at the school’s entrances, while three police vehicles are parked on the premises.
Three ambulances and a convoy of six unmarked police 4×4 vehicles believed to have contained armed officers have now left the school.
In a statement, Headteacher Kathleen McGillycuddy said: “We appreciate that this morning has been a worrying time for everyone associated with Tewkesbury Academy.”
“We are writing to assure you that all students remain safe and healthy.”
“We were alerted to reports of a serious incident just before 9am this morning which has required a male worker to be hospitalized.”
“The school was put under lockdown and the police were called as soon as we learned of this incident.”
She said further updates would be made “in the near future” once cleared by police.
A statement from Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “An adult has been taken to hospital with a suspected stab wound following an incident at Tewkesbury School.”
“We received a call around 9:10 a.m. Monday to say a student had stabbed a teacher.”
“A teenager has been arrested in connection with the incident.”
Parents and carers of children attending the school have been asked by police to go to a nearby Dobbies Garden Center where officers would offer them assistance.
A spokesman for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: “We were called at 9.08am on Monday 10 July to an incident in Tewkesbury.”
“We sent three double-crewed land ambulances and two operations officers. “We brought a patient overland to Gloucester Royal Hospital.”
Teachers at nearby Tirlebrook Primary School posted a message on Facebook saying the school was also in lockdown on police advice and urging parents not to attend the school.
The post said: “An incident occurred at Tewkesbury Academy this morning and Tewkesbury Police have advised us to put in place a lockdown.”
“We have a police presence at the school and are fully supported at this time.” We want to reassure all families that the children in Tirlebrook and Little Oaks are doing well.
“We must ask that families do not come to school during this time as this could jeopardize the ongoing police operation and could also endanger the safety of the children.”
Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: “I am deeply concerned by reports of a knife attack at Tewkesbury School.”
“We are closely monitoring the situation and are very grateful to the rescue workers who are currently on site.”
“My department is standing by the school as the situation develops.”
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