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'Murder bid': Teacher held; SCHOOL: Pupil seriously ill after alleged attack in class.

Byline: Theo Usherwood

A BOY of 14 remained seriously ill in hospital today after allegedly being hit with a metal weight during a school lesson.

Jack Waterhouse received serious head injuries at All Saints' Roman Catholic School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on Wednesday morning.

Science teacher Peter Harvey, 49, is being questioned by police after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

He is also being quizzed about alleged assaults on another boy and a girl at the same time.

Officers were called to the school in Broomhill Lane after paramedics found Jack unconscious in a pool of blood at the entrance to a classroom in the science block.

There were more than 20 pupils in the classroom at 11am on Wednesday when the incident occurred.

Det Supt Adrian Pearson, who is leading the investigation, said: "The school, the teachers and the parents are absolutely shocked. It was a trauma to all those involved.

"It was a full, lively classroom and I can understand the trauma to all the staff. Something like this is very rare.

"We have a full picture of what has taken place and so the welfare of the child and his family are the main concern."

Mr Harvey, who is local to the area, remains in custody at Mansfield police station.

Detectives have been granted until 8.15pm today to question the teacher when they will either have to release him, charge him or ask for a further time extension so they can quiz him further.

Jack was taken from the classroom to the King's Mill Hospital in Mansfield, where his condition deteriorated.

He was transferred later on Wednesday to a specialist head injury unit at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Police said there was grave concern for his life but his condition, while it remained serious, had since stabilised.

He has not yet undergone surgery and his parents were at his bedside.

The other boy and the girl, both aged 14, did not need hospital treatment.


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Date:Jul 10, 2009
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