Teacher Threatened With Knife By Primary Pupil
Friday 16th May 2014
A school in Richmond has told LBC it has asked police to talk to children about the dangers of knives after a boy under the age of ten threatened a teacher with a weapon.
The child went into the staff room at Darell Primary and Nursery school after he took a knife from a kitchen last month.
He confronted a female teacher before another staff member grabbed the blade from his hand.
The school has told LBC that police were not informed of the incident at the time as the child is under the age of criminal intent and the incident was dealt with by the school, the child's family and local authorities.
A Richmond Council Spokesperson confirmed that they have been "working closely" with staff since then.
Laura Whateley, Headteacher of Darell Primary School, said:
"I can confirm that an incident involving a child and a teacher did happen on school premises last month. However, at no point was any child or member of staff at the school at risk of harm. The child involved is currently excluded from school and, together with the local authority, we are working with their family to offer support moving forward.
"Darell Primary School takes safety extremely seriously and the school has a zero tolerance approach to any inappropriate behaviour. The school was praised in its most recent Ofsted inspection which stated that pupils feel extremely safe in school and behaviour is good."
It happened on the same day as the stabbing of the teacher Ann Maguire in Leeds. A funeral mass took place in her memory today.
A 15-year-old boy charged with her murder will go on trial later this year.