Updated 31. 3. 2022 14:14
Police detained a student suspected of fatally injuring a teacher at the Ohradní Secondary Vocational School in Prague 4 around noon. The Minister of Education Petr Gazdík said that the young man had a conflict with the teacher on Wednesday due to his Wednesday’s study failure.
The weapon remained in place after the attack. Several hundred police officers searched for the attacker, and they also deployed a helicopter. The police detained the perpetrator around 1 p.m., said Jan Rybanský, a spokesman for the Prague police.
Rescue service spokeswoman Jana Poštová confirmed that rescuers were leaving for the patient before noon after being attacked by a machete. Despite all the efforts of rescuers, his life could not be saved and he succumbed to injuries on the spot.
“He was our teacher, a long-term pedagogical worker. And for a long time it was our student who attacked the teacher,” said the director of the school, Karel Dvořák. He had no more information. According to investigators, the suspect attacked a teacher on the fourth floor of the school building in his office. No one else was injured in the attack. Police spokesman Jan Rybanský stated that the suspect, a nineteen-year-old pupil, was detained by police officers from the homicide department in Dolní Břežany. He was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs during his arrest. In the case, the police are now performing standard acts, but they have not yet accused anyone.
The Minister of Education Petr Gazdík (STAN) subsequently confirmed that the suspect in the attack on teachers in Prague 4 is a student of this school. He had a conflict with the teacher due to Wednesday’s study failure, the minister said. “It may be the result of covid, it may be the result of many other things. Unfortunately, this case will go infamously into the history of Czech education,” he added.
The building is closed after the incident. “The school is vacated, psychologists are working with staff and pupils,” said Vít Šimral (Pirates), a Prague councilor for education.
The secondary vocational school in Ohradní Street offers education in the fields of car mechanics, electromechanics, carpenter or locksmith.