A teacher who was stabbed in the stomach in a planned racist attack by one of his pupils has been praised by police after forgiving his attacker.
Vincent Uzomah saw the 14-year-old boy given an extended sentence yesterday but the teenager could be released after just three years.
The schoolboy had muttered the “N” word before stabbing Mr Uzomah, and garnered 69 likes on his Facebook profile for his bragging status update about the incident at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford, South Yorkshire. “The mother f----r getin funny so I stick the blade straight in his tummy,” it read. Yet outside Bradford Crown Court yesterday, the 50-year-old teacher said:
As a Christian I have forgiven this boy who has inflicted this trauma and pain unto me and my family.
Our prayer for him is that he will make use of the opportunities and support that will be provided to him to become a changed person who will make a positive contribution to the society.
The court heard that the “dangerous young offender”, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had brought a knife into school on 11 June with the express reason of using it on Mr Uzomah, a supply teacher who had been working at the school for seven weeks.
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said the teenager was “disruptive and a bully” who at 14 was already using cannabis. The boy, of Pakistani origin, resented being told off by the Nigerian-born teacher, he added. “He did not show any especial hostility to other teachers,” Mr Sharp said.