Beloved schoolteacher Ann Maguire was stabbed to death in front of her class at Corpus Christi Catholic college. Even more disturbing, her killer was a 15-year-old boy. On Monday, the teen was sentenced to life in prison. Although he will be eligible for parole in 20 years, the judge said “it’s quite possible that day may never come.”
On April 28, Ann Maguire was not scheduled to work. However, she volunteered to help students prepare for an exam. As reported by the Guardian, the teen reported to the school with knives in his back pack, as he had planned the assault for months. He also brought a bottle of liquor, as he wanted to “celebrate” the teacher’s death.
According to witnesses, Maguire was helping another student when the teen approached her desk. He then proceeded to stab the 61-year-old woman seven times in her neck and back. When the teacher attempted to escape, her attacker chased her out of the classroom and down the hall.
Another teacher, Susan Francis, heard her colleague scream. Francis said she eventually pulled Maguire into an unoccupied room and blocked the door so the teen could not enter.
Witnesses said the teen returned to his desk and stated that is was a “pity she didn’t die.” Although he did not realize it at the time, the teen inflicted a fatal wound to his teacher’s neck. A medical examiner later determined Ann Maguire’s jugular vein was severed in the attack. Her officials cause of death is listed as hemorrhage and shock.
As he freely admitted stabbing the teacher, the teen was detained and placed under arrest. During questioning, he confessed to the attack and displayed a chilling lack of remorse.
“I wasn’t in shock, I was happy… I had a sense of pride. I still do… I know it’s uncivilized but I know it’s incredibly instinctual and human… It’s kill or be killed. I did not have a choice. It was kill her or suicide… I know the victim’s family will be upset but I don’t care. In my eyes, everything I’ve done is fine and dandy.”
As reported by Telegraph, a psychiatrist later determined that the teen is “highly dangerous and has psychopathic elements to his personality.”
During the trial, prosecutors produced evidence that suggests the attack was premeditated. According to witness reports, the teen had developed an unfounded hatred toward Ann Maguire and wanted to end her life.
As it is unclear whether he can be rehabilitated, the judge expects the teen to spend the remainder of his life in prison.
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