Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Meat cleavers, bayonets and axes: The weapons seized from children as young as six at school - 13th July 2011

Hundreds of deadly weapons are being seized at schools each year from children as young as six, disturbing figures reveal.

The shocking arsenal includes a meat cleaver, an axe, a bayonet and a knife found on a Year 1 primary school pupil.

Some 1,145 weapons were confiscated between 2006 and 2010 according to the results of a Freedom of Information request to Britain’s 52 police forces.

Only half responded, meaning the official figure is likely to be more than 2,200 – an average of around 440 weapons seizures each year.

Education sources said this represents ‘the thin end of the wedge’ as most blades and other dangerous items are smuggled into schools without being detected.

The figures were released in the same week that an official Government report exposed a doubling of violent incidents in schools to almost 1,000 in just a year.

It coincided with new guidance from the Department for Education about how teachers should tackle violence in the classroom.

New measures, to be introduced from September, include carrying out searches without consent and scrapping existing ‘no touch’ policies. Read More