A 15-year-old schoolboy has been arrested after he allegedly hit his supply teacher over the head with a hammer during lunchbreak.
The teacher at Archway School, Middlesbrough – who asked not to be named – told how she was subject to the ‘disgusting’ and ‘harmful’ attack while coming out of the ladies toilet on March 26.
The blow landed millimetres from her temple and caused her to fall to the corridor floor.
She said she grabbed the discarded hammer in her disoriented state because she ‘wasn’t letting them do that to me again’.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent. He has since been released under investigation, Cleveland Police confirmed.
A 15-year-old schoolboy has been arrested after he allegedly hit his supply teacher (her injuries, pictured) over the head with a hammer during lunchbreak
Archway School is a pupil referral unit for students in key stages three and four who are unable to continue to attend their present school.
This may be because they are permanently excluded or at risk of this, struggling to maintain attendance because of issues or are new to the area.
Speaking of the incident at the school the teacher said: ‘I had just come out of the ladies’ toilet and felt only what I can describe as a massive crack to the side of my head.
‘I had obviously fallen badly and blacked out or both. I can’t remember much of what happened.
The teacher at Archway School, Middlesbrough – who asked not to be named – told how she was subject to the ‘disgusting’ and ‘harmful’ attack (her injuries, pictured) while coming out of the ladies toilet on March 26
‘I fell badly on my left knee and my left hip as well. There are monitors on the walls and I was trying to tap my fob on it to access the English classroom but I was shaking – my hands weren’t working.
‘I was just smacking the door – I was banging and banging and banging on the door for help.
‘But I got that hammer. I wasn’t letting them do that to me again.’
The teacher said she was ‘looking the other way’ when she was struck as she was turning left to enter the corridor to the English classroom.
She believes that although one member of staff had just exited the bathroom, she cannot remember anyone else around at the time and saw no witnesses.
Archway School (pictured) is a pupil referral unit for students in key stages three and four who are unable to continue to attend their present school
Following the incident, she was taken to James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, where she underwent a CT scan.
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: ‘Police received a report of an assault at a school in Eston on March 26 2021.
‘A woman suffered facial injuries in the incident. A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of section 18 wounding with intent and was released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.’
A Redcar and Cleveland Council spokesman declined to give further information on the allegations or to say whether any action had been carried out in response.
However, he said: ‘Any allegation of harm to an individual that occurs in school is always taken seriously and is fully investigated.
‘All of our schools have time for reflection on the learning from any incidents and will always take appropriate action as required.’
Archway School has been approached for comment.