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LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 16: In this handout provided by West Yorkshire Police, a photo included in the Order of Service for the murdered teacher Ann Maguire's funeral is displayed on May 16, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested and charged with the murder of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by West Yorkshire Police via Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 16: In this handout provided by West Yorkshire Police, a copy of the Order of Service for the murdered teacher Ann Maguire's funeral is displayed on May 16, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested and charged with the murder of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by West Yorkshire Police via Getty Images)
Ann Maguire's funeral cortege leaves the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Steve Mort, head teacher of Corpus Christi Catholic College, reads the hundreds of tributes left in honour of slain teacher Ann Maguire on April 30, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested in connection with the death of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Amanda Gledhill, a former pupil of Corpus Christi Catholic College, grieves next to the hundreds of tributes left in honour of slain teacher Ann Maguire on April 30, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested in connection with the death of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Hundreds of floral tributes lay next to the fence outside Corpus Christi Catholic College in tribute to slain teacher Ann Maguire on April 30, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested in connection with the death of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Ann Maguire's coffin leaves the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) - A British teenager who stabbed his teacher to death in a classroom has admitted responsibility for the killing.

The boy's defense lawyer, Richard Wright, said Friday the 16-year-old "accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing" of Spanish teacher Ann Maguire but didn't enter a plea.

The death of the 61-year-old Maguire was the first killing of a teacher in a British school since the 1996 Dunblane massacre in which a lone gunman killed 16 children and their teacher.

Maguire had taught at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, northern England, for 40 years and was planning to retire.

The boy, who was 15 at the time, appeared in Leeds Crown Court by video link. The court is preparing psychiatric reports before a murder trial expected in November.

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