Today we pursue our investigation into knife crime in schools with further worrying revelations about the numbers of young children being admitted to hospital with knife injuries and pupils being shown weapons by their classmates as they go about their learning, reports iNews.
From the alleged offences carried out on school premises with these weapons, including three allegations of rape, to evidence that there is no readily-available national picture of the extent of this problem, our findings have not made comfortable reading.
Yesterday, i reader Marie Wolfe posted this tweet in response to our articles: “Many people don’t have the first idea of the aggression and violence that is the daily diet that many teachers (and many pupils too) have to deal with. It blights their lives. Keep sharing the facts!”
When i and its sister publications offered the opportunity to Home Secretary Amber Rudd to provide her personal response to our investigation, the Home Office and the Department for Education, headed by newly-appointed Damian Hinds, provided instead a statement decrying knife crime and underlining the importance of schools providing a “safe environment”.
Those to whom we have spoken at the frontline of this problem – teachers, pupils, police officers and a reformed gangster – have suggested a raft of urgent changes, ranging from the restoration of funding to youth services to the creation of safe spaces in schools where students could pass on concerns about fellow pupils, if necessary anonymously.
Over to you Ms Rudd and Mr Hinds.
Read more and i News’ previous findings Knife crime: Now the Government must act to make schools safe.
Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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