Children as young as nine carrying knives in our schools

The Shropshire Star is reporting that there was a 120% rise in knife incidents in primary and secondary schools in West Mercia. 

The knives included lock knives and Stanley knives as well as everyday knives.

NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates said: “These are deeply worrying statistics and it is a real concern that they have only been exposed through an FOI. There needs to be a review by Government of what lies behind these statistics.”

“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.”

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: “West Mercia Police works closely with our partner agencies to find opportunities to prevent young people from becoming involved in criminal activity, and this includes the carrying of weapons.

“West Mercia is a safe place to live with knife crime levels below the national average.”

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What do you think has caused the increase in number of knife incidents? What can we do to prevent it? Let us know your thought in the comments below or on twitter. ~Sophie

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