The 13-year-old student who stabbed an Irish teacher in a Spanish school also arrived with a homemade Molotov cocktail in his backpack, it has been revealed.
The attack took place at around 10.45am at Monteagudo School in the city of Murcia in the south-eastern Spanish region of the same name on 16th February.
The unnamed teacher, a 41-year-old Irish man who teaches technology and English at the boys-only school, was writing on the whiteboard when the teenager plunged a blade into his back several times in front of the whole class.
The teacher was hospitalised after the attack and has since been released.
In addition to taking the knife to school, the student also allegedly prepared a makeshift Molotov cocktail filled with flammable material.
The police said they found the unused homemade explosive device in the boy’s backpack.
National Police chief Alfonso Navarro said the boy suffered an “anxiety crisis” and a “transient psychotic” episode, adding that he is receiving counselling while the police “get to the bottom of the matter”.
The boy was reportedly taking medication and was disorientated and in a daze when police officers found him.
Child psychologist Silvia Alava said: “They get carried away with an emotional outburst and do things that they later regret.”
The stabbing was not the only recent incident of classroom violence, and psychologist Abel Dominguez said the increase may be “due to pandemic fatigue”.
The investigation is ongoing.