It’s a brutal headline, but there’s no other way to put it. Tragic anyway, but especially so because Anne Maguire seemed to be the best sort of teacher, A 61 year old Spanish teacher with forty years experience isn’t the sort of figurehead ikely to be featured by Education Departtment propaganda, but it’s clear she was a potent force in the school, widely recognised by staff and students alike, because she was totally committed to the best interests of the kids. And as they know better than anyone, that doesn’t mean letting them have their own way. Someone with confidence and conviction sets an example and, occcasionally, sadly, in the process makes themself a target. It’ll be a while before we know anything about who did this and why, but I can’t see any way in which it isn’t a tragic waste. But Anne Maguire was still right: the answer isn’t to turn schools into fortresses, with weapon-detection systems at every door.