Child, 4, among 1,383 pupils found carrying weapons into class

As well as knives; knuckledusters, a hammer and a taser are among the weapons found on schoolchildren in England and Wales between April 2018 and August 2019. Sky News reports.

The true figure is likely much higher as a number of forces did not respond to requests for information, including England’s biggest force, the Metropolitan Police.

Cases included:

  • A samurai sword found by Greater Manchester Police
  • In Bedfordshire a schoolchild carrying a machete and another carrying firearm

Another 311 incidents were recorded between April and August 2019 and 49 children were said to be below the age of 10 – the age of criminal responsibility.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said, “Schools are doing their best to tackle these problems, but they cannot possibly solve this issue on their own. They need more back-up in the form of well-resourced community support services and more investment in policing.”
 
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