Video: Why I forgive teen who stabbed me, by Leeds teacher they called Mr U

50-year-old Vincent Uzomah outside Bradford Crown Court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
50-year-old Vincent Uzomah outside Bradford Crown Court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

A LEEDS supply teacher stabbed in front of his class by a 14 year-old pupil in a racially-motivated attack has told why he has forgiven his attacker.

Vincent Uzomah said he thought he would die in the attack at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford.

The Asian teenager, whom the law does not allow to be named, used an offensive racist term before stabbing Mr Uzomah in the stomach. Ther boy then fled and bragged about what he had done on Facebook.

As the boy began an 11-year sentence, Mr Uzomah said: “First and foremost I want to thank God, who made it possible that I survived.

“I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ, whose name I was constantly calling after the stabbing and he didn’t let me down.

“I also want to thank everyone who supported me and my family one way or the other after this ordeal.”

Vincent Uzomah reading a statement outside Bradford Crown Court.  Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Vincent Uzomah reading a statement outside Bradford Crown Court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

After he revealed that he had forgiven his attacker, the 50-year-old supply teacher - known to his pupils as Mr U - went on: “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 not acceptable.

“Our prayer for him is that 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 the society.”

Jonathan Sharp, principal crown advocate for the CPS in Yorkshire and Humberside, said outside Bradford Crown court: “This was a truly shocking incident: a pre-planned attack by a 14-year-old youth on his teacher, in front of the rest of the class.

“Mr Uzomah was stabbed deeply in the stomach, with a knife that the youth had brought into the school specifically for that purpose.

Vincent Uzomah leaves Bradford Crown Court to make a statement. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Vincent Uzomah leaves Bradford Crown Court to make a statement. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

“It also seems that the attack was at least in part racially motivated - the youth used a highly offensive racist word just before stabbing his teacher.

“The victim has suffered serious physical and psychological injuries, has had to put his career plans on hold and is uncertain when, or if, he will feel able to return to teaching - a profession he loved.

“It was also shocking and profoundly distressing to Mr Uzomah that the youth posted a Facebook update boasting of what he had done. This subsequently received 69 ‘likes’ from the youth’s circle of acquaintances.

“In the circumstances, it is remarkable that Mr Uzomah has expressed his desire to forgive the victim, whilst wishing to see justice done as a deterrent to others. I hope that the sentence passed today gives Mr Uzomah and his family some comfort. Our thoughts remain with them.”

Police outside Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford.

Police outside Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford.

Speaking outside court, Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police, described the attack as “shocking and very serious” and said the teenager showed no concern for Mr Uzomah by fleeing the scene.

He added: “He worryingly showed a further lack of remorse towards his victim by boasting about his actions on social media.”

Mr Atkinson said he hoped the sentence would give some closure to Mr Uzomah who he described as being “incredibly magnanimous towards his attacker”.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp outside the court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp outside the court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency