By MIKE SULLIVAN, Crime Editor
Published: 07 Jan 2012
A SCHOOLBOY aged ten has been arrested over a vicious attack on two middle-aged women teachers.
One victim suffered a broken leg and a suspected dislocated kneecap and the other sustained facial injuries at the school.
The teachers, both in their 50s, were taken to hospital by ambulance following the alleged assault in Orpington, South East London, at 1pm on Thursday.
Staff called police who arrested the ten-year-old pupil on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
The boy was taken to a nearby police station and questioned by specially-trained officers in the presence of an adult. He was bailed until the middle of next month.
The savage lunchtime attack shocked other staff and pupils at the school.
One source said: “The nature of the injuries was very serious.
“The officers who turned up were amazed when they discovered the suspect was only ten.
“It is a truly extraordinary thing to happen and makes you wonder what the world is coming to.”
Latest figures for 2010 show 251 teachers were assaulted by pupils in England and Wales. Forty-four had to go to hospital.
Almost half of all teachers leave the profession within five years after qualifying. The biggest reason they give for going is abuse, violence or the threat of violence from aggressive pupils.
A recent report also revealed more than one in three teachers has also been a victim of bullying — ONLINE.
One head teacher was driven to the brink of suicide by a hate campaign, the UK Safer Internet Centre said.