The Shropshire Star is reporting that it has been revealed that children as young as eight have been found to be carrying weapons in the region’s primary and secondary schools.
Alarming statistics released following a Freedom of Information request made to West Mercia Police show 35 children under the age of 16 have been involved in 29 offences involving weapons in schools since 2014 in the region.
The statistics revealed that the youngest offender was just eight years old.
In 2014 a total of six offences were reported to police, in 2015 five offences were reported and last year saw the biggest rise – with 18 offences reported to West Mercia Police.
Superintendent Kevin Purcell, who leads on children and young people for West Mercia Police, said part of the force’s work was examining why a child feels the need to bring a weapon in to school with them.
He said: “Every incident involving a weapon is reviewed in full by our officers. Such reviews include in-depth discussions with the relevant school, social services, parents and the child. This will be either through the school or directly by the police based upon the child, and other children’s, needs.
“Such figures show appropriate recording and each incident then means we are are able to critically examine why a child sees the need to bring in such an item.”
Superintendent Purcell said that trained officers visit schools to educate pupils about the dangers of weapons, as well as a number of other issues.
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