The Mirror is reporting that the number of pupils caught by police taking a knife into school has hit a record high.
The number of people reported for taking a blade onto school property shot up by 74% last year.
Ministry of Justice figures reveal there were 206 offences last year compared to 118 the year before.
Of those caught last year, 102 were let off with a caution while 104 were prosecuted…
Christopher McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “These figures are probably the tip of an iceberg and we ignore them at our peril.
“Even when weapons are discovered schools are reluctant to involve the police and so many incidents go unreported…”
I can’t find the original source for this data from the MOJ – please let me know if you have a link – but I doubt the claims come as a surprise to anyone – there has certainly been a big upswing in the number of knife incidents at school being reported in the media this year.
How big a problem do you think this is and what can or should be done to try and tackle it?
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