People stand at the entrance of Saint-Thomas d’Aquin private school after the incident (Photo: AFP)

A student stabbed a teacher at a school in southwestern France.

According to local media, the Spanish teacher died in a classroom in Saint-Jean-de-Luz near Bordeaux after the attack this morning.

Police rushed to the site of the Saint-Thomas d’Aquin private school, where the student was arrested.

The 16-year-old student allegedly took the knife out of his pocket before attacking the teacher during a lesson.

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The attack took place at a private school in Saint-Jean-de-Luz near Bordeaux (Photo:

People enter a private Catholic school after a teacher was stabbed to death by a high school student in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, southwest France, on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.  The student was arrested by police, Bayonne prosecutors said.  (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Police in front of the Catholic private school (Photo: AP)

People line the entrance to Saint-Thomas d'Aquin secondary school in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, south-western France, where a teacher died after being stabbed to death by a student on February 22, 2023 (Photo by GAIZKA IROZ /AFP) (Photo by GAIZKA IROZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Police rushed to the scene this morning (Image: AFP)

While the motive has yet to be determined, LeMonde reported that they may have had mental health issues.

Neither the attacker nor the victim were named by authorities.

Pap Ndiaye, the French education minister, confirmed that he was on his way to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

He said in a statement on Twitter: “Enormous emotions after the death today of a teacher at Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin High School in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

“My thoughts go out to her family, colleagues and students.”

Pyrénées-Atlantiques Senator Frédérique Espagnac said she “fully condemns this act of violence against a teacher”.

Meanwhile, local prosecutor Jerome Bourrier confirmed that a murder investigation had been launched.

French government spokesman Olivier Véran told reporters at a press conference that the government would support educators across the country after the incident.

“I can hardly imagine the trauma that could represent,” he said.

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