Almost 1,500 school pupils in Aberdeen given anti-weapons lessons

The BBC is reporting that almost 1,500 secondary pupils across Aberdeen have been given anti-weapons lessons in the wake of the killing of schoolboy Bailey Gwynne.

The sessions will be rolled out next year to P7 pupils in Aberdeen. However critics have questioned whether pupils would report their friends.

Hazlehead head teacher Jim Purdie said: “It’s not just about carrying weapons or blades, it’s about the legal aspect of that, and then the consequences for the pupils, for their families, for their friends.

“There’s an expression we often use, which is if we don’t know things are happening we can’t do anything about them. We are constantly reminding our children to take responsibility.

One pupil, asked what they would do if they knew someone had a weapon, told BBC Scotland: “I would probably just go up to a teacher, maybe even up to the person and just say ‘why are you doing that, think of the consequences’.”

Supt Andy McKay, of Police Scotland Safer Communities, said: “Police Scotland relies on local authorities to report all incidents of weapon possession so that accurate figures can be collated.

“Following the report into Bailey Gwynne’s death, Aberdeen City have been working closely with Police Scotland to ensure each and every incident of weapon possession is reported, however it will be up to other local authorities to consider this recommendation moving forward.”

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