Campaigners suggest extent of weapons in schools “being brushed under the carpet”

The Mirror is reporting claims from campaigners that, as pupils as young as nine arrive at school with weapons, the situation is being “brushed under the carpet”.

A weapon is found in a British school virtually once a day as classroom violence rises, official figures reveal.

Pupils as young as nine arrive armed with blades , firearms, stun guns and screwdrivers. 

Campaigners say the alarming trend is being brushed under the carpet, despite a string of appalling, high-profile attacks in recent years.

Bereaved mum Theresa Cave, whose son Chris, 17, was stabbed to death in 2003, said: “These figures are horrendous.

“Does the Gov­ernment need another child to be killed with a knife before it takes meaningful action?

“Every day a mother could lose her child because lethal weapons are passing through school gates.”

At least 984 crimes involving weapons were reported at schools in the past three years, data from 26 of the UK’s 43 police forces shows.

In 2015 alone 3,000 violent attacks, some with weapons, were recorded in London – the UK’s hotbed for young criminals…

Christine Blower of the NUT added: “The vast majority of schools are safe places.

“Any incident which threatens this must be handled with the utmost speed and effectiveness…”

More at: A weapon is found in a British school virtually once a day as classroom violence rises

 

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