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Teacher Stabbing School 'Overwhelmed' By Support
The head of a school where a popular teacher was stabbed to death in front of her class says they have been "overwhelmed" by support they have received from across the world.
Police have been granted more time to question a 15-year-old boy as they continue to investigate why Ann Maguire was attacked.
The 62-year-old died from multiple stab wounds at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, where she had taught for more than 40 years.
Head teacher Steve Mort told reporters at the school's gates that everyone involved had taken strength from the support.
"I want to say on behalf of the pupils, the staff and the governors and of the school that we are overwhelmed by the amazing outpouring of love and affection for Ann from the local community, from friends of the school past and present and from colleagues across the city," he said.
"Over the past 48 hours we have drawn an incredible amount of strength and comfort from all the amazing tributes and messages of sympathy and support that we have received from right across the country and, indeed, the world.
"I would personally like to express my gratitude to all of the people that are currently supporting us within the school - West Yorkshire Police, Leeds City Council, the diocesan family and, in particular, our partner primary schools and Catholic Care.
"I am immensely proud to be headteacher at Corpus Christi. Our children have proven themselves to be great ambassadors for the school. And I want to pay particular tribute to them and to the professionalism and dedication demonstrated by our staff at this very difficult time."
Police were questioning the boy held in connection with the death, a task officers said would be handled sensitively due to his age.
Detective Superintendent Simon Beldon, of West Yorkshire Police Protective Services, said: "Given his young age, this is a process which needs to be handled sensitively and can take some time to complete.
"We will obviously give consideration to our powers to extend the period of his detention if that is required."
Meanwhile, it was reported in The Sun that Mrs Maguire was stabbed to death after going to work on her day off to help pupils prepare for next month's GCSE Spanish exams.
Students and staff paid tribute to the much-loved Spanish teacher on an emotional first day back at school.
It was also being widely reported that Mrs Maguire had brought up her sister's two young sons after their mother died of cancer.
The Times said the teacher, who had two adult daughters, looked after her nephews following the death of sister Eileen Poole in 1986.
Police have also confirmed that the school had a dedicated 'safer schools' officer, but that she was helping at another school on the day Mrs Maguire was killed.
The 61-year-old, who taught generations of children during her time at the school, was due to retire in September.
Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron said his and all MPs' thoughts were with the teacher's family and friends.
"It is clear from the tributes paid she was a much-loved teacher who had worked at the school for over 40 years," he said.
"She cared so much about her pupils she had come in on her day off to help prepare them for exams."
Children began arriving early to add tributes to more than 200 bouquets of flowers that cover the railings outside the school gates.
Mrs Maguire was also remembered at a service in the neighbouring Corpus Christi Church.
Students who witnessed the incident are being interviewed by specialist officers.
Some reported hearing screams as other members of staff rushed to her classroom and restrained her attacker.
Her death is the first time a teacher has been stabbed to death in a British classroom.