A student has been arrested for stabbing a secondary school vice-principal to death after he suspended the youth from school.
The incident, that caused protests against violence on educators, took place in the district of Gebze in the province of Kocaeli in Turkey, when the 45-year-old victim and father of three, Necmeddin Kuyucu, was reportedly having an argument with the 11th grade student F.C.
Necmeddin, who worked in the Ataturk Anatolian High School, was then allegedly stabbed three times by the student. He was found by his colleagues and rushed to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The police have detained the suspect shortly after the incident.
It is believed that F.C. allegedly committed the crime because he was earlier suspended from school for three days after a decision of the school’s Discipline Committee due to a fight he was involved with his friends in January, according to local media.
Authorities have changed the school’s name in the honour of the deceased principal to ‘Martyr Teacher Necmeddin Kuyucu Anatolian High School’ and organised silent protests with 10,000 people attending.
The Communication President of Turkey’s Presidency Fahrettin Altun revealed on social media he was high school friends with the victim, saying: “He was serving the 22nd year of his profession. He was hardworking and honest. Rest in Peace.”
It is not clear whether the suspect has been charged.
The investigation is ongoing.