Boy took knife into pri­mary

PAR­ENTS SHOCKED TO BE IN­FORMED THAT 11-YEAR-OLD CAR­RIED BLADE INTO SCHOOL CON­CEALED IN A COAT POCKET

Harefield Gazette - - News - QASIM PERACHA by qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

AN 11-YEAR-OLD school­boy car­ried a knife into a pri­mary school in Hilling­don com­pletely un­no­ticed.

The boy had the knife in his coat pocket the en­tire day on Thurs­day May 11, with staff only be­com­ing aware of the blade when pupils re­ported it to them and was con­firmed with the boy’s par­ents.

Par­ents at the school in the Hilling­don bor­ough re­ceived an email later that even­ing con­firm­ing that a Year 6 pupil had brought a knife with him into the school.

Ac­cord­ing to the email “at no time was the knife pro­duced”. The in­ci­dent comes dur­ing a pro­longed spell of knife crime across Lon­don.

A sec­ond email was sent to con­cerned par­ents the next day, ad­ding the child was “not in school today” but that on his re­turn next week, he will be placed on “in­ter­nal ex­clu­sion”.

This would mean that the boy will be in the school but not with other chil­dren, with sep­a­rate lessons and break times, and he will not be eat­ing lunch with other chil­dren.

The school added when the staff feel he is ready to be rein­te­grated into the year group, he will “con­tinue to have an adult with him and will not be alone with other chil­dren”.

The boy’s mother will es­cort him into school each morn­ing where an adult will check all his pockets, book bag and coat be­fore be­ing al­lowed into the school.

One par­ent has told the Gazette’s sis­ter web­site GetWestLon­don the ac­tion is in­ad­e­quate, ad­ding “my child is afraid to go to school”.

“How can the school judge when he is ready to re­turn when the boy took a knife into school all day and they didn’t even know?” the par­ent said.

The head teacher at the school said: “It was al­leged this week that a child in Year 6 had brought a knife into school, con­cealed in a coat pocket.

“This was con­firmed with the child’s par­ent, and the po­lice were in­formed im­me­di­ately.

“We have no­ti­fied par­ents and car­ers and have also spo­ken to all the pupils in the year group to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance, and also an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press their feel­ings and ask ques­tions.

“When the pupil in­volved re­sumes his lessons next week he will do so for a pe­riod of in­ter­nal ex­clu­sion.

“This means that although the child will be in school, he will re­main sep­a­rate from the other chil­dren and be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult at all times.

“The school will con­tinue to work closely with the po­lice in an ef­fort to avoid any rep­e­ti­tion of such oc­cur­rences.”

We have no­ti­fied par­ents and car­ers and have also spo­ken to the pupils in the year group Head­teacher of the school

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