Pupils at top schools are being groomed to work as drugs couriers because they are more likely to escape attention, it is claimed. Middle-class children as young as 12 are being pressured to join crime gangs through intimidation and blackmail as well as the lure of “status” and cash. The Express reports
Mr Andrew Fowler, head of Dane Court Grammar School, Broadstairs, Kent, revealed some pupils had been filmed taking part in a violent attack in a gang initiation. The footage was then used to blackmail them into acting as drugs couriers.
Pupils from good schools are said to be attractive recruits because their uniforms are less likely to attract police attention and they are less likely to have come to the notice of the authorities.
Mr Fowler, whose school is rated outstanding by Ofsted, said: “We have been told by the police there will probably be a fatal child stabbing of a pupil within the next 12 months.
“There are about 20 students we are concerned about. There are two or three who are certainly gang members.
The age at which they are getting involved is getting younger and there are students in years 8 and 9 [aged 12-14] we are concerned about.
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