Teachers ‘reluctant’ to report pupils’ knives to police

Only 60 per cent of teachers believe their schools would call the police if a pupil was found in possession of a knife, according to research into violence in schools. Tes reports.

The research, carried out by social enterprise organisation the Innovation Unit, was carried out in 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester – across an area that has experienced a 108 per cent increase in knife offences in schools since 2015, and where there are currently around three knife offences in schools each week.

“Young people were clear that properly listening to a young person found with a weapon was crucial,” says the report into the survey findings.

The report states: “We heard that many boys and young men in Greater Manchester are being told more than ever before that retaliation is a strength, and emotions other than aggression are feminine [with phrases like]:’Don’t cry,’ ‘don’t be a pussy,’ ‘act tough’ and become the ‘top dog’.”

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