300 per cent rise in weapons found in Borders schools

The Border Telegraph reports that the number of offensive weapons found in Borders schools rocketed by more 300 per cent last year.

Latest figures show that 47 objects – defined as being designed or used to inflict bodily harm or physical damage – were discovered in 2016, compared to 15 the previous year and 12 in 2014.

The statistics were revealed in a Freedom of Information response from Scottish Borders Council.

Chris Keates general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union said: “There needs to be a national review by the Scottish Government of what lies behind these statistics and whether this increase is being replicated nationwide.

“We need to know what is motivating pupils to come to school armed so that effective strategies can be put in place to tackle this.

“Schools should take all reasonable steps and send out strong messages to pupils and the community that they operate a zero tolerance approach to weapon carrying and will report all incidents to the police.

“It must also be remembered that tackling the problem of violence cannot be left to schools alone, this is an issue which has its roots in wider society and requires a joined–up approach from police, government, local authorities and schools.

The Educational Institute of Scotland union added: “Schools have very clear discipline policies in place, which highlight that bringing any type of weapon to school is completely unacceptable and carries serious consequences, including school exclusion, and police involvement where necessary.”

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