Stabbed Bradford teacher: I saw bloody knife and thought I would die
A teacher stabbed by a 14-year-old boy has said he prayed he would not die immediately following the racially-motivated attack.
Vincent Uzomah, from Leeds, was stabbed in the stomach by the boy in front of a class at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford.
His attacker was handed an 11-year extended sentence at Bradford Crown Court yesterday and following the ruling Mr Uzomah declared that "as a Christian" he had forgiven the teenager.
In an interview with The Sun, the supply teacher recounted the moment of the stabbing, which happened after he reminded the boy about the mobile phone policy of the school.
The 50-year-old said: "He came to the front and stood by the door with his back to me. He turned round and hit my stomach. He pulled his hand out and I could see a six-inch knife.
"He was actually looking straight at me with the knife in his hands. I can see it now."
Mr Uzomah described being scared he was "going to die" after seeing the blood covered knife and said he thought of his wife and three children, as his students screamed for help.
He added: "I was just shouting, 'Jesus, don't let me die. Jesus, don't let me die'."
The court heard the boy used an offensive racist term before stabbing Mr Uzomah in the stomach.
About 20 minutes after the attack, he posted a message on Facebook which read: ''The motherf***** getin funny so I stick the blade straight in his tummy." The post received at least 69 ''likes''.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC rejected an application for the youth's identity to be made public, saying his "welfare must come first and the public interest must give way".