15-year-old boy stabs his teacher to death in Chennai classroom

Police said Uma Maheshwari was between classes when she was attacked by the student

Written by Gopu Mohan | Chennai | Published: February 10, 2012 3:27 am

A Class 9 student of a private school in Chennai stabbed his teacher to death inside a classroom on Thursday morning. He was apparently enraged by the teacher’s complaint to his parents about his poor performance in studies.

Police said Uma Maheshwari,40,a teacher of science and Hindi at St Mary’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School on Armenian Street,was between classes around noon when she was attacked by the 15-year-old student.

The boy stabbed Maheshwari repeatedly,inflicting at least five deep wounds on her face,throat and abdomen. The teacher bled to death before she could be attended to at a government hospital nearby. Students,teachers and staff handed the attacker over to police.

After interrogating the boy,police said he was angry after Maheshwari scolded him and complained to his parents about his poor academic performance. He got the knife to school wrapped in paper.

Maheshwari’s husband is the regional manager of an electronics firm,and the couple have two children.

Father Bosco Periyanayagam,a member of the school committee,said the boy was regular in coming to school but did not concentrate on his studies.

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