Consider knife wands after latest school stabbing, heads advised

According to TES, schools should consider using knife wands to keep staff and pupils safe, a headteachers’ leader has said after a pupil was stabbed at a school in Bradford.

The recommendation came on the day that the government said it could introduce a new legal duty on teachers to spot signs of young people being involved in violence.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, raised concerns about schools being “scapegoated” as a cause of knife crime, and said the plan was “unacceptable”.

On Friday, a 15-year-old boy was stabbed at Beckfoot Thornton, a secondary school in Thornton, Bradford.

The boy’s shoulder was injured, but he was not in a life-threatening condition.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, told Tes that schools have “robust procedures” in place to ensure knives and other weapons are not brought on to the premises.

He added: “Several schools use knife wands which can be very effective not only in detecting weapons but serving as a deterrent to any pupil who is minded to bring a knife into school.

“They are a visible way of sending out a clear message and are something that is well worth considering for any school which is worried about this issue.”

However, Mr Barton said he was sceptical about the idea.

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