Thursday 22 February 2018

Boy kills teacher with a crossbow in front of class

Undertakers remove the body of a teacher who was killed with a crossbow bolt at the Joan Fuster school in Barcelona. Photo: Getty Images
Undertakers remove the body of a teacher who was killed with a crossbow bolt at the Joan Fuster school in Barcelona. Photo: Getty Images

James Badcock

A Teacher has been killed and several people injured after a boy began shooting a crossbow in his secondary school.

The attack took place at the Joan Fuster school in the north of Barcelona. A male youth is being held by the Catalan Mossos d’Esquadra police force.

“We were just starting the class and suddenly we heard screams,” said student Gemma Jarque. “So we shut ourselves inside our classroom in order to be safe.”

Barcelona’s ‘El Periódico’ newspaper said that the student knocked on the door of a classroom on arriving at school and fired at point blank range at the female teacher who opened it.

Citing witnesses to the incident, the newspaper says the attacker shot another crossbow bolt at a girl in the classroom.

According to the same sources, a male teacher from a nearby classroom approached the scene and was shot in the chest with the crossbow, fatally injuring him.

The suspect is then said to have entered another classroom and attacked another student.

He was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric examination, said Jose Miguel Company, a spokesman for the Barcelona prosecutor’s office.

“He was very disturbed and saying strange and incoherent things,” said  Mr Company, who added that the exam is aimed at determining whether the boy has psychiatric problems or whether he was faking them.

Ms Jarque said she and others hid in her classroom after hearing the screams and left along with other students only after a fire alarm sounded.

“We saw the teacher lying on the floor in a pool of blood,” she said.

Another student, Paula Amayuelas, said she knew the suspect and that he “didn’t have problems but he was kind of a loner. Other students would pick on him”.

The two wounded students and one of the injured teachers were taken to Barcelona hospitals for treatment while the other injured teacher was treated at the scene and did not need hospitalisation.

Parents and students gathered in stunned silence outside the school for students ages 12-16, hugging each other.

Students said the teacher killed was a substitute working at the school for about a week.

Police in Barcelona did not identify the suspect because of his age.

In Spain, children under the age of 14 are not held legally responsible for crimes and cannot be jailed or placed in juvenile detention centres.

They can be sent to mental health institutions, said a spokesman for Spain’s Justice Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of ministry policy.

A national police spokesman could not recall any fatal school attacks in the country’s recent history. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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