Women ‘stabbed teacher with scissors’ at Byron Bay school
A woman has been charged after a teacher was stabbed at a primary school in Byron Bay.
Police allege a 31-year-old woman was speaking to 28-year-old teacher Zane Vockler at Byron Bay Public School about 7.20am today, before she stabbed him in the face and arms with a pair of scissors.
The woman, understood to be a parent of a student, allegedly fled the scene and the school was placed into lockdown.
Police say the teacher’s injuries are not life-threatening. He was to undergo surgery at Tweed Hospital.
The lockdown was lifted before 11am after a woman was arrested at a home on Beach Side Drive, Suffolk Park at 10.30am.
She was taken to Byron Bay Police Station and charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and entering enclosed lands without lawful excuse.
The school is now operating as normal.
One parent wrote on Facebook that her child saw a “pool of blood” near the school’s library.
Another local said it was sad to hear about the attack on the first day back at school after the holiday break.
“The most lovely teacher,” he wrote on Facebook.
“So undeserving of this. May his recovery and healing be swift.”
Another person posted: “(He’s) a great teacher and a gentle and caring soul.”
School newsletters reveal Mr Vockler is an active staff member. He’s helped organise parent volunteers for the school garden and he’s played the guitar for visiting grandparents.
The NSW education department said strict security measures were put in place on Tuesday until it was safe for the school to begin operating normally again.
“Counselling has been made available to staff and students,” a spokesman said in a statement.
The school faced another security scare recently when a threatening comment about the principal was posted on social media, according to one local.
The threat came after a “concerned parent” launched a petition to pressure the principal to remove the school’s WiFi over fears it could “microwave kids”.
The petition attracted more than 250 signatures in a month.
The 31-year-old parent is due to face Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow.
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