Two teenage girls face life behind bars after allegedly trying to stab a teacher from Willetton Senior High School to death.
The teacher survived the alleged attack and was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.
One day after the horrific event, the students at the school were shaken, the parents were worried, and there was a security presence on the school grounds.
The two girls, aged 13 and 14, are accused of planning and trying to kill their eighth school principal.
Police have reportedly revealed nearly three weeks of scary messages between students on a social media app.
‘This sounds funny’
The 14-year-old allegedly revealed plans to “kill a teacher”.
In response, the 13-year-old allegedly said, “it sounds funny” and “it’s cool”.
In the weeks leading up to the attack, the 14-year-old reportedly said she was investigating what gas system the school was running on, how long it would take to fill a classroom with gas, and how much firewood was on the school grounds.
The younger student reportedly replied, “the things you do in your spare time scare me” and “the stitching should have priority for now.”
On Monday, the 14-year-old allegedly took a 25 cm knife to school.
The student’s bag is checked regularly, so she has allegedly hidden the weapon in the 13-year-old’s backpack.
During the break, they reportedly met again, and the 13-year-old handed over the knife.
That was when the 14-year-old allegedly walked into an office and made an attack on the 55-year-old teacher and stabbed her in the armpit.
The teacher was stabbed just inches from her heart, a goal that was supposedly planned and deliberate.
The 14-year-old allegedly told her friend that she would cut a larger artery across.
The 13-year-old was arrested on the school grounds, where she allegedly confessed to police.
She is at home on extremely strict bail conditions, including that she does not contact the 14-year-old girl or the teacher or come within 100 m of the school.
The other teenager was found after an eight-hour manhunt and was hospitalized for a mental health assessment.
The teacher is home again, but it is not known if or when she will return to school.
Education Minister Sue Ellery described the alleged incident as “deeply worrying.”
“It would have been scary for the teacher,” she said.