Uma Maheswari, who taught Hindi and Science at St Mary's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai, died on the spot after being stabbed repeatedly in the neck, face and abdomen by a 15-year-old, standard IX student,
Reports suggest that the boy walked in to the classroom at around 11.00 am, when there were very few students in the class, and is believed to have launched a murderous assault on the hapless teacher.
Even as the teacher screamed out and before any other students or teachers could come to her rescue the boy had stabbed her multiple times.
The teacher reportedly fell on the floor, bleeding profusely and the attacker tried to get away. However, with the alarm being raised by the onlookers, the boy was finally caught by some teachers and students, and later handed over to the police.
The teacher was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead on arrival by the doctors.
Shock and tension pervaded the school premises and parents rushed to the school upon hearing of the incident to take their wards home. Meanwhile, the school management declared a holiday for the remainder of the day.
Classmates of the attacker described him as aloof and said that he was probably angry as the teacher had scolded him.