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Teacher Ann Maguire Would Not Have Wanted Metal Detectors At School

14/08/2014 17:01 | Updated 20 May 2015

Ann Maguire would have strongly opposed metal detectors at school, says Corpus Christi School headteacher Steve Moat

Ann Maguire, the teacher stabbed to death in front of her pupils, would have 'strongly opposed' attempts to install airport-style metal detectors at the school gates.

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Police said Corpus Christi had a dedicated 'safer schools' officer stationed in the school, tasked with keeping pupils and staff safe, but she was elsewhere when the attack took place.

At a press conference outside the school, DS Simon Beldon, of West Yorkshire police, said questioning the suspect would take time.

He said: "Given his young age, this is a process which needs to be handled very sensitively, and may take some time to complete."

It is thought to be the first time a teacher has been stabbed to death in a British classroom, and the first killing of a teacher in a school since the 1996 Dunblane massacre.

Recalling his last encounter with Mrs Maguire, Mr Mort said: "I last spoke to Ann just after the staff briefing yesterday morning and found Ann to be her usual self – she was bubbly, she was a character who enjoyed being in the school community ... She was enjoying the latter end of her career although I know, to Ann, that her service to Corpus Christi was not a career. She considered it to be a vocation."

The head said about 750 of the 1,000-strong student body turned up for lessons, which was 'a real sign of solidarity among the students and the staff of the school'.

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