Byron Bay teacher “lucky to be alive” as woman faces court over school attack

A mother who allegedly stabbed a popular Byron Bay teacher has been refused bail.

The 31-year-old woman faced Tweed Heads Local Court via videolink accused of using a pair of scissors to attack 28-year-old teacher Zane Vockler at Byron Bay Public School on Tuesday morning.

The incident forced the school into lockdown for several hours.


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The woman was arrested at a home in nearby Suffolk Park a few hours later before being charged with unlawful wounding causing grievous bodily harm, and entering enclosed land.

Mr Vockler suffered suffered a deep laceration to the left arm, behind the left ear and cuts to the face with prosecutors telling the court that he was “lucky to be alive”.

He underwent surgery at Tweed Heads Hospital before being discharged and is now recovering at home.

The court heard the woman had a history of mental health issues and is “unpredictable, volatile and violent”.

The magistrate remanded her in custody with her case to return to Byron Bay Local Court in June.

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