A 14-year-old boy was given an 11-year prison sentence for stabbing his teacher in the stomach in a racially-motivated attack.
The Pakistani teenager, who cannot be named due to legal restrictions, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Vincent Uzomah at a Bradford school.
The boy used a racially-offensive term over a row about a mobile phone before knifing the 50-year-old in a pre-planned attack in front of his screaming classmates in June.
Around 20 minutes after, the boy, who was not arrested until six hours later, bragged about the attack on Facebook.
“What you have done is utterly shocking – deliberately, callously stabbing him,” judge Jonathan Durham Hall said at Bradford crown court.
He sentenced the boy to six years in custody and a further five years on licence on Monday (10). The youth is likely to serve half of the six years in detention.
On Facebook the boy posted a message which said Uzomah was “getin funny so I stick the blade straight in his tummy (sic)”. Sixty-nine people said they liked the post.
“It’s an appalling reflection on a small microcosm of our society that within minutes or hours after posting, 69 people ‘liked’. How sick.” said judge Hall.
“You are a dangerous young offender,” he added. The teenager yawned and folded his arms as Hall passed sentence.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said Uzomah had suffered serious physical and psychological injuries and it was uncertain whether he will feel able to return to teaching.
Sharp told the court the boy started disliking Uzomah in the seven weeks he had worked at the school. “The defendant disliked him, claiming he couldn’t teach, and freely referred to him by the epithet beginning with the letter ‘n’, including saying it in anger just before he attacked him,” he said.
Uzomah said outside court that he had forgiven his attacker. “As a Christian, I have forgiven this boy who has inflicted this trauma and pain onto me and my family.
“It was, however, important for the law to run its course and for a strong message to be sent out, especially to kids of similar tendencies, that violence is never acceptable.
“Our prayer for him is he will make use of the opportunities and support that will be provided to him, to become a changed person who will make a positive contribution to society.”
In a statement posted on the Dixons Kings Academy website, the school sa-id: “This was a shocking crime. Today a young man has had to face the consequences of his actions.
“We are pleased that Mr Uzomah is making a good recovery. Our school community will continue to do what we can to support Vincent and his family.”
Detective superintendent Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a very serious attack on a man doing a job he loved; he was lucky the consequences were not more serious.
“His attacker showed no concern by fleeing the scene…he showed a further lack of remorse towards his victim by then boasting about it on social media.”