The boy spoke up for the first time in one year at a recent hearing at court. Even though the prosecutor’s office accuses him of attempted murder, he claims he never intended to kill the teacher. He only wanted to make her realise that her teaching methods were not working.
A 17-year-old boy attacked his 51-year-old teacher with a knife in December 2019 at the Jedlik Árnyos Secondary School in Győr, Hungary. The teacher was taken to the hospital, and the boy was immediately arrested by the authorities and taken into custody by the police. The teacher was stabbed in the back more than once, and her arms also got hurt, which had to be operated on.
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At a recent hearing, the boy talked about what happened for the first time since he was questioned by the police a year earlier. He spoke about the stress and pressure of school and how he never intended to kill the teacher. He just wanted to make her realise that her teaching methods were not working, Telex reports.
At the recent hearing, the boy said he was unable to recall the attack itself. He does not remember. His first memory is walking towards the teacher, and then the mental image of his classmate asking for the knife.
He said plenty about the attack one year ago when the police questioned him after the attack. Back then, he said: “I wanted the ambulance to take her and make her realise that her teaching methods were not working, but I did not want to kill her.” He also talked about having an adrenaline rush, hearing the teacher scream, and that his stabbing was not full strength but not light either.
Two weeks before the attack, the boy was complaining about insomnia and how he could not prepare for classes. At that point, his anxiety already produced physical symptoms, and he asked to see a professional. His parents arranged a meeting for him, which eventually never happened.
At the hearing, he mentioned getting frustrated that day last December because he got a bad grade for a test and he was nervous to tell his parents about it. He used to say how hard it was to perform well at the teacher’s classes, and how frequent tests were.
His classmates’ witness testimonies lead to believe that he planned the attack beforehand because he was saying things about stabbing the teacher before class, and he even showed the knife to the others. Now he said he did not mean what he said before class.
The boy’s mother also testified and took much of the blame for what happened. She feels personally responsible for several things, including his son not being able to fit in with larger crowds, and for not seeing the enormous pressure her son was under much sooner. Her son was always a maximalist, but she and her husband also had high expectations for his academic performance. She believes her son is a nice, helpful boy whose classmates liked him even though he was very shy.