A 17-year-old boy with a migration background was arrested in Germany on Tuesday on suspicion of murdering his 55-year-old school teacher with a knife just hours after he had been expelled from school for one day for misbehaving.
The attack occurred shortly before 3 p.m. at the Ibbenbüren vocational college in North Rhine-Westphalia.
According to German media, the attacker, Sinan B., had been suspended from school earlier that day, but returned to the college equipped with a knife before searching for his victim.
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He located the 55-year-old female teacher alone in a fifth-floor classroom where he reportedly stabbed her multiple times.
Following the attack, the assailant himself alerted the authorities. A rescue helicopter landed in front of the school to provide emergency assistance to the victim, but the help came too late and she died at the scene.
“Investigations have shown that the suspect is said to have had problems at school,” a police spokesman told the German tabloid Bild after interviewing witnesses.
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The teenager had been involved in “recurring conflicts with teachers,” which had resulted in the one-day expulsion from school, according to the school’s management.
According to German broadcaster RTL West, the accused is said to be a German national with a migration background named Sinan B.
Students gathered at the school on Wednesday to mourn the loss of the teacher, who is understood to have been “hugely popular” among her pupils.
“Ms. K. was a great class teacher, the best in the whole school,” one tearful student told RTL reporter Klaus Felder.
A public defender has been appointed for the suspect who has so far remained silent during police interviews.