Two teenage girls from a Perth high school have been accused of plotting to murder a teacher before one of them stabbed her on Monday.
A 50-year-old teacher was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after emergency services were called to Williton Senior High School at 11.15 a.m. Monday.
The student accused of the attack fled the school grounds and was arrested on Monday evening.
Police allege that two students spoke online about how the teacher was killed.
A Washington State Police spokesperson said: “Between October 14 and November 1, 2021, a 13-year-old student participated in numerous online chat messages with a 14-year-old student.”
Conversations related to talking about and planning to kill a teacher will be alleged.
The victim sustained a one-centimeter wound in her left armpit and was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for treatment.
“Upon the arrival of the police, the 13-year-old student was taken into custody and a search for the 14-year-old student who was located around 6.50pm on foot in Williton began and was taken into custody by the police.”
Pat Byrne, president of the State School Teachers’ Union, said they were “deeply disturbed” by the incident.
“Every teacher and principal should be able to go to work confident that they are safe in their workplace,” Byrne said.
“The Federation will communicate closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure that all staff at the school receive all the support they need during this difficult time.
“Through its ‘Safety is Our Priority’ campaign, SSTUWA has worked ceaselessly to improve safety standards in schools. This incident is a reminder of the dangers teachers face and the need for continuous improvements around safety in schools.
“SSTUWA will not make any further comment as the matter is now before the courts.”
Both students, both from Williton, were charged with attempted unlawful killing.
They are due to appear at Children’s Court in Perth on Tuesday.
Students from the school told Nine News Perth that one teen was suspended last week.