10-year-old’s attack leaves teacher with smashed leg bones

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A TEACHER had her leg and knee cap broken after being attacked by a 10-year-old pupil.

Diane Whitehead, 53, was yesterday recovering in hospital after surgery to pin her leg back together after it was shattered.

Her parents, Gordon and Wendy Mann, of Walton, Wakefield, said another teacher was also allegedly headbutted by the same boy.

Mr Mann, 77, said: “Apparently this boy had been causing problems in the classroom and Diane and another teacher, who are specially trained, tried to restrain him.

“The boy headbutted the other teacher and knocked her down and then he kicked Diane with a karate kick to her leg. The doctor in the hospital told her he had never seen anybody with as bad injuries apart from in a car crash or a motorbike accident. They had to cut her leg open from above the knee right down to the shin.”

Mrs Whitehead, a mother-of-two, has been told it will be at least six weeks until she can begin to walk again and she could be off work for as long as 18 months.

The incident happened at a school in south east London.

Mr Mann said it was not the first time his daughter had been attacked while working at the local authority-run centre for children with special needs who have been taken out of mainstream schools.

He said: “Two years ago she had two ribs broken by another pupil at the school. But Diane is the type of person who just wants to help the pupils. We, as a family, are more angry about what has happened than she is.”

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He has been released on bail until mid-February.