Two teenage girls have been accused of trying to kill a female teacher who was stabbed at a high school in Perth.
Police claim the 13- and 14-year-old girls exchanged messages online for more than two weeks, which were related to “talking about and planning to kill a teacher”.
The 13-year-old allegedly brought a knife to Willetton Senior High School on Monday, which she gave to the other girl.
It is believed that the 14-year-old used the knife to stab the teacher, who received a one-centimeter wound in his left armpit and was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for treatment.
The 14-year-old fled but was found by Willetton police later that day. The other girl was arrested when officers arrived at the school.
President Pat Byrne of the State School Teachers’ Union of WA said she was deeply concerned about the incident.
“Every teacher should be able to go to work with the confidence that they will be insured against injury,” she said.
‘Every teacher should be able to go to work with the confidence that they will be insured against injury.’
“This incident is a reminder of the dangers facing teachers and the need for constant improvements around school safety.”
Concerned parents took to social media after receiving text messages from their children, who were placed in barricades at school.
“It was a little worrying to get a text message from my daughter this morning from her in a classroom, with all the lights off, having to keep quiet,” one mother wrote.
“Definitely an experience for both my kids. Hopefully one they won’t have to go through again.”
Both girls were charged with attempting to kill illegally. They are due to appear in Perth Children’s Court on Tuesday.