A Nigerian physics teacher, Vincent Uzomah, shared his experience with Sky News after four years of being stabbed by a 14 years old student.
Uzomah originally from Nigeria just completed a PhD at the University of Salford, and was teaching three days a week at Dixon Kings Academy, a mixed-sex free school in Bradford, West Yorkshire when the event happened.
Read His Story Below;
“I was teaching in the classroom and he just pulled out a knife and stabbed me in the stomach,”
“It was such a horrible experience. No-one should have to go through the same thing.”
“I’ve got more than 120 students this year!” he tells me, clearing papers to get his desk looking tidy for our camera.
The attack made me not go back to secondary schools any more,” “But the impact continues even here. Sometimes when I’m clustered by students I start feeling very uncomfortable. So it’s an ongoing thing.”
“I forgave him for what he did, but the thought of going into a school now frightens me.”
“With the trend of things, it’s becoming more unsafe, and something should be done,”
“I don’t think children are as safe as they have been, in the past. I don’t know if it’s because of what [they] are exposed to, what they are watching, or being taught, or what their friends are doing.
“It’s like kids prefer to do things and damn the consequences.”
When asked if he would be willing to teach a secondary school again, Dr Uzoma replied;
“No, I don’t feel safe going to teach in schools. My wife is also a teacher, she is also traumatised. “And I think there are other teachers that feel the same.”
The attacker was under-18, Dr Uzomah’s attacker has never been named publicly. But during his trial,
The court heard he’d brought the weapon to school in his rucksack. It was a six-inch kitchen knife.