School­girls knife ter­ror causes storm

Ayrshire Post - - Front Page -

Girls aged just 10 and 11 were hunted at knife­point by a third girl af­ter a flash­point on the way home from school.

They man­aged to es­cape the ter­ror . . . and a man was able to take the knife from their 11- year- old girl at­tacker.

Both girls ran cry­ing to one of their homes.

Their ag­gres­sor pro­duced the util­ity knife with a four- inch blade from her school­bag.

And the mother of the older girl said: “I heard their cries and came to the door as I knew some­thing must be wrong.

“This is such a ter­ri­ble thing to hap­pen and I want every­one to know it.

“Our girls are in a real state.”

One girl was sus­pended from the school and now a pe­ti­tion - which gained 150 sig­na­to­ries in 24 hours - has been raised by two mums to get her ex­cluded per­ma­nently.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in Dron­gan on Tues­day af­ter­noon on a path which cuts through the foot­ball pitches.

The vic­tims ar­rived home around 3.30pm. All three girls are in Pri­mary 7 at a school in East Ayr­shire.

The mum re­vealed: “I be­lieve the knife was in this girl’s bag for quite some time, though the school claim she must have just got it from home.

“My daugh­ter was walk­ing home and be­lieves some­thing fell from this other girl’s bag and there was a bit of a fight in which my daugh­ter was scratched.

“It turned re­ally vi­cious and then a concealed knife was pro­duced and the girls turned away and ran. A well known man in the vil­lage was at the shops and con­fis­cated the knife from the girl. He then took her round to her mum’s.”

The mum added: “The school was un­help­ful and said it did not hap­pen in school time. The Coun­cil was made aware of it and they were re­ally nice. The girl was sus­pended straight away and a school board meet­ing will dis­cuss it.”

East Ayr­shire Coun­cil said it is of­fer­ing sup­port to the chil­dren in­volved.

Act­ing ed­u­ca­tion head Linda McAu­lay-Grif­fiths said: “On Wed­nes­day March 7 we were alerted to an in­ci­dent out­side a pri­mary school, and af­ter the school day, in­volv­ing a pupil with a knife.

“Whilst there was no phys­i­cal harm caused to any­one, the mat­ter is be­ing fully in­ves­ti­gated and we are of­fer­ing ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port to those in­volved.”

East Ayr­shire po­lice said:“We were made aware of an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing an 11 yearold girl be­ing in pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon in Coro­na­tion Road, Dron­gan.

“En­quiries were car­ried out and an 11 - year- old girl was re­ported to the Scot­tish Chil­dren’s Re­porters Ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

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