THERE were “missed opportunities to share and record problem behaviour” before a teenager murdered teacher Ann Maguire in a classroom.
These were the stark words spoken at a jury inquest yesterday.
For those giving evidence in that hearing it must have been a painful, heartbreaking experience. For the family and friends of Ann, for her colleagues and for her former pupils it too must have been painful and heartbreaking.
The Coroner’s Court ruling of unlawful killing will not have been much of a surprise to anyone.
It has taken more than three years to get to this inquest.
But the jury’s comments will haunt some of those involved for a much longer time.
There will be schools, governing bodies, head teachers and education providers who will be pouring over these words and examining their own safeguarding policies.
Mrs Maguire’s family had campaigned for a full inquest, believing more could have been done to prevent her death.
It is hoped that, following this ruling and these comments they feel that they feel they have some of the answers they were looking for and that their needs in this have been met
There will no doubt be a “lessons must be learned” follow-on from this ruling. But it won’t bring Ann back.