Con­cern as knife brought to school

Pri­mary pupil had a multi -tool in his school­bag

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Front Page - Gra­ham Miller

Wor­ried par­ents have hit out af­ter a young school­boy took a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous multi- tool into an Air­drie pri­mary school.

The tool – which in­cluded a knife – was im­me­di­ately con­fis­cated by staff at St Serf’s Pri­mary in Raw­yards and the young­ster’s fam­ily sub­se­quently no­ti­fied.

How­ever, other par­ents have crit­i­cised the school’s han­dling of the in­ci­dent, claim­ing their chil­dren were warned that if they dis­cussed the mat­ter they’d lose out on “golden time” as a “pun­ish­ment”.

One mum told the Ad­ver­tiser: “I’m out­raged at dis­cov­er­ing a boy brought a knife to school.

“I’m also an­gry that the chil­dren were told not to talk about this or they’d get pun­ished.

“Par­ents should have been told of this in­ci­dent im­me­di­ately. The school needs to ad­dress this.”

The head teacher and class teacher at St Serf ’s have both stren­u­ously de­nied mak­ing any threats of “pun­ish­ment” to pupils, say­ing they ac­tively en­cour­aged the young­sters to tell their par­ents about t the in­ci­dent.

Con­cerned par­ents have hit out af­ter a young pupil took a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous multi- tool into class at an Air­drie pri­mary school.

The in­ci­dent at St Serf ’s Pri­mary in Raw­yards oc­curred last Tues­day, and when staff be­came aware, they im­me­di­ately con­fis­cated the tool – which in­cluded a knife – and con­tacted the young­ster’s fam­ily.

How­ever, other par­ents have crit­i­cised the way the school han­dled the in­ci­dent, claim­ing their chil­dren were warned that if they dis­cussed the mat­ter they’d lose out on “golden time” as a “pun­ish­ment”.

One fu­ri­ous mum told the Ad­ver­tiser: “I am out­raged at dis­cov­er­ing a boy brought a tool con­tain­ing a knife into the school my child also at­tends.

“I’m also re­ally an­gry that the chil­dren were told not to talk about this with any­one or they’d get pun­ished with a “red card” which re­sults in a re­duc­tion of their golden time on a Fri­day.

“Par­ents should have been told of this im­me­di­ately. Thank­fully, no-one was hurt but some­thing could have hap­pened which re­sulted in a par­ent re­ceiv­ing a phone call in­form­ing them their child had been badly hurt.”

She added: The school needs to ex­plain why this was hid­den from par­ents and they also need to ad­dress the is­sue of the knife.”

The head teacher and class teacher at the school have both de­nied mak­ing any threats of pun­ish­ment to pupils, and said they ac­tively en­cour­aged pupils to tell adults.

A spokesman for North La­nark­shire Coun­cil said: “An Air­drie pri­mary pupil had a multi-tool in his school­bag on Tues­day, Novem­ber 26.

“As soon as staff be­came aware of this, the tool was con­fis­cated and [the pupil’s] par­ents were con­tacted.

“The school has asked com­mu­nity po­lice to give a talk to pupils to pupils about their per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and per­sonal safety.

“On this oc­ca­sion it was not deemed nec­es­sary to in­form par­ents about this in­ci­dent.”

St Serf’s

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