In a school in southern Spain on Thursday, a 14-year-old who was regarded by fellow students as hot-headed stabbed three teachers and two students before being subdued, according to authorities.
Shortly after classes at the school in Jerez de la Frontera began, the child, who has not been named, is accused of repeatedly stabbing the five victims, police spokesperson Adrian Dominguez informed reporters at the scene.
“Police located the suspect on the third floor. He had in his possession the two knives used to attack three teachers and two students,” Dominguez said, adding the suspect had been taken to a police station.
The official was unable to comment on the severity of the wounds, however Spanish media said that while the other teachers only had minor wounds, one instructor was in critical condition after being stabbed in the eye.
In Spain, where violent crime is rather infrequent, the attack raised worry.
Following the stabbing, parents flocked to the school, forming a crowd outside the police-cordoned school gates, as seen in photographs shown on Spanish television.
“It was devastating and dramatic because all the parents were on the outside of the school wishing they could hug their children,” Jerez de la Frontera mayor Maria Jose Garcia-Pelayo told reporters, adding that the teachers managed to disarm the suspect.
The child frequently got into confrontations and had a short fuse, other students told Spanish media.
“I saw the guy with two knives with a look on his face like he wanted to stab everyone,” one student who declined to be named told Canal Sur television.