Sky News is reporting that a four-year-old was among more than 1,000 children caught carrying knives in schools last year, police figures show.
A total of 1,144 knife possession offences in schools, where the suspect was a child, were recorded in England, Scotland and Wales over 12 months.
In Manchester, an 11-year-old, who had replaced the nib of a highlighter pen with a blade, told another pupil: “Listen to me or else I’ll stab you.”
Among 36 forces in England and Wales that provided comparable data, the number of offences more than doubled over the past five years – increasing from 372 in 2014 to 968 last year.
Steven George, from the National Association of Headteachers, said “If the figures continue to grow, then that is a problem that schools definitely cannot tackle alone.”
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