Mum’s fury after boy ‘pulls knife’ on 11-year-old girl in primary school playground

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…”

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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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  1. Nairb1

    ‘Emma Mason has blasted bosses at Moston Lane Community Primary School …’
    I can understand a parent being angry but maybe her comment would have been better if she had continued ‘ … and here is how I would ensure that children didn’t bring anything dangerous from home to school. I’m aware that parents have no responsibility here and the fault lies entirely with the school who have failed to search each child as they leave home. This is what I would do to make sure nothing like it happens again …’
    As for her comment ‘How he got into school with a knife I don’t know …’ I can perhaps help her there. He walked through the school gates with it in his pocket, the teachers failing to use their X-Ray vision appropriately.

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