Three pupils excluded from Scots schools over weapon attacks
Three Pupils are being suspended from schools in Scotland upwards of three times a day for assaults with weapons including knives, it has emerged.
And such attacks are on the rise in recent years, official figures show. There are now calls for teachers to be given more support to deal with such situations for the safety of both pupils and staff.
The Scottish Government insists there has been a dramatic fall in weapon crime in recent years. The issue of weapons in Scotland’s schools was thrust into the spotlight two years ago when 16-year-old Bailey Gwynne was stabbed to death during a confrontation in Aberdeen’s Cults Academy with fellow pupil Daniel Stroud, also 16.
There were 428 instances of a pupil being excluded for a physical assault using weapons such as knives in the last schools year (20116/17), according to recently published figures.
There were also a further 311 incidents involving “improvised” weapons.
That total of 739 is higher than the 661 incidents two years previously, and the 710 reports in 2013. On top of this, there were a further 434 pupils excluded over the threat of violence with a weapon.
Tory early years spokeswoman Michelle Ballantyne said the figures are “alarming.”
“Parents will be horrified that two pupils a day are excluded for violent incidents involving a weapon – either conventional or improvised,” she said.
“That shows a problem with discipline remains within our schools, and that teachers need more support in dealing with it for the sake of their own safety and that of other pupils.
“If children aren’t shown now that the use of weapons, and other examples of violence, won’t be tolerated, the chances are they’ll continue doing it into adulthood.
“These figures are a cause of concern not just for schools, but for society more generally.”
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