Thursday 21 September 2017

Boy (13) kills teacher with crossbow and wounds four others in Barcelona school

Emergency service members attend students at the Joan Fuste Institue in Barcelona on April 20, 2015 after a student allegedley broke into the school armed with a crossbow killing a teacher and wounding four others
Emergency service members attend students at the Joan Fuste Institue in Barcelona on April 20, 2015 after a student allegedley broke into the school armed with a crossbow killing a teacher and wounding four others
People stand behind a police cordon outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Raquel Castillo

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after a teacher was killed and others injured at a school in Barcelona.

Police would not confirm whether the unidentified boy was a student at the school in a working class Barcelona neighbourhood where the attack took place.

Two young girls walk towards police officers in front of an ambulance, outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Two young girls walk towards police officers in front of an ambulance, outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Two girls stand outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
People wait outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spokesmen confirmed the teacher was killed with a weapon that had a blade. Spanish National Television and other media outlets reported that the boy was carrying a knife and a crossbow.

Two other teachers and two students were also said to have suffered minor injuries in the attack.

The attack took place at a public high school for students aged 12 to 16. After the attack, parents and students gathered outside the school in stunned silence, hugging each other.

A spokesman for regional police said it was too early to determine whether the incident - a very rare event in the country - was an attempt to copy the April 20, 1999 attack in Columbine, Colorado, that saw 12 students and one teacher killed.

Two young girls comfort each other outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Two young girls comfort each other outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
An ambulance waits outside a school in Barcelona, Spain(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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