The Manchester Evening News is reporting that a mum has spoken of her horror after a schoolboy pulled a knife on her 11-year-old daughter and her friends in the playground.
Emma Mason has blasted bosses at Moston Lane Community Primary School after she says the youngster brought a knife into school before ‘threatening’ her daughter Aimee Middleton and two of her classmates following a ‘disagreement’ at playtime on Tuesday.
She said she was told by teachers the boy pulled out a pen knife after an argument with the group of year six pupils before being hauled in by teachers and suspended for five days.
The school said the boy took a small pen knife from his pocket ‘in front of other pupils – but did not confirm the circumstances of the incident.
GMP officers are believed to have visited the school on Wednesday afternoon, though an official report about the incident has not been made to police.
Emma, 28, who has six children – all of whom attend the school – said she is concerned for their safety.
She said the boy should be expelled permanently – and that Aimee could have been ‘seriously hurt’…
“He should be out of that school, full stop. How he got into school with a knife, I don’t know.”
Headteacher Judy Kerton said: “A pupil has been excluded from school whilst we investigate an incident in the playground yesterday in which the pupil took a small pen knife from his pocket in front of other pupils.
“We take the safety and wellbeing of pupils extremely seriously and have spoken to pupils and parents about the incident…”
Does a five-day exclusion sound appropriate in circumstances like this or is the mother right to suggest it should be permanent?
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