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Union calls work stoppage after teen attacks classmate, teachers (updated)

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An 18-year-old student attacked a classmate, 17, as well as two of his teachers at the Larnaca technical school, the police were informed on Tuesday.

According to the report received by police, just after 1pm, the two students began arguing, after which the 17-year-old sought the help of a teacher.

The teacher tried the separate the students, when he was injured by the18-year-old.

A second teacher was also injured by the 18-year-old after he also attempted to calm the student down.

The 17-year-old was transferred to the Larnaca general hospital A&E. One teacher was transferred to a private hospital in Larnaca, and the other teacher drove himself to a Nicosia private clinic.

The injuries of the teachers and the 17-year-old do not appear to be serious.

The 18-year-old, who the police was told was “out of control”, was also transferred to the Larnaca general hospital, where he was expected to be examined by a special psychologist.

In response, teachers in technical schools across Cyprus who are members of unions Oelmek and Oltek said they will stage a one-hour work stoppage at 11am on Wednesday.

President of Oltek Panayiotis Lysandrou said the leaderships of the two unions held an urgent meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the violent outbreak by the 18-year-old student.

They decided that at 9am on Wednesday the secretariats of the unions will visit the Ayios Lazaros technical school in Larnaca, where the incident took place, before the island-wide work stoppage at 11am.

“The work stoppage is being carried out to protest against, and to raise awareness about, the issue of violence in schools, which needs to be alleviated if it cannot be solved,” Lysandrou said.

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