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Child bringing a penknife in his bag to school

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ineedaholidaynow Mon 23-May-16 19:44:38

If a child brings a penknife to school in your school what would the consequences be?

A child in Y6 in DS's school had a penknife confiscated from his school bag. Would not have thought this boy was a whittling type of boy. He was boasting to his friends that he had brought it in and a member of staff found out and it was confiscated. I assume it only had a small blade so wouldn't fall within the offensive weapon criteria but I do not like the idea of a child having something like that in his bag.

Would your school take this further?

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MrsLeighHalfpenny Mon 23-May-16 19:48:23

When I was a kid we all had penknives. My DD actually bought me a sheath knife when I was a teenager - I was a tomboy and we used to spend hours down the woods making shelters and rope swings and carving our initials into trees.

School isn't an appropriate place for a knife though, but I would have thought confiscation until the end of the day and an instruction not to bring it into school again was sufficient for a first offence

MrsLeighHalfpenny Mon 23-May-16 19:48:37

DF, not DD

LunaLoveg00d Mon 23-May-16 19:49:37

My 13 year old has a Swiss Army Knife for scout camp and the suchlike but knows that under no circumstances does it go to school.

Just look at what happened to Bailey Gwynne.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 23-May-16 19:51:03

School isn't an appropriate place for a knife though, but I would have thought confiscation until the end of the day and an instruction not to bring it into school again was sufficient for a first offence

I agree with this, although I would also inform the parents.

MrsLeighHalfpenny Mon 23-May-16 19:52:35

Who is Bailey Gwynne?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 23-May-16 19:54:17

Bailey Gwynne

TheSolitaryBoojum Mon 23-May-16 19:57:57

When my DS was 12, he was accused of having a penknife in school, by some shit-stirrers.
His bag and pockets were searched with his consent and I was emailed and asked to follow up at home to double check.
DS did have a Swiss Army knife for scouts, but it stayed at home. He knew the legal consequences of it being carried at an inappropriate time.

ineedaholidaynow Mon 23-May-16 20:55:32

This boy's parents would probably think it was fine for their child to bring a knife in to school. He also has form for bullying and has targeted DS in the past, which makes me more anxious.

Being told not to bring it in again will probably fall on deaf ears.

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OneOfTheGrundys Tue 24-May-16 20:10:02

It's an immediate exclusion/managed move in the area I work in. Secondary pupils though.

samlovesdilys Wed 25-May-16 18:32:59

Managed exclusion surely...

IamChipmunk Sat 28-May-16 19:26:04

If they were boasting about having it then external exclusion at my school.

We recently found one in a pupils bag while searching for something else. This was an internal exclusion.

Am also secondary though.

noeuf Sat 28-May-16 19:32:06

What's a managed exclusion? Only ever dealt with managed moves and exclusions.

ineedaholidaynow Sun 29-May-16 18:55:29

Unfortunately no exclusion or managed move here. But I assume there would be serious repercussions if there was a repeat of the incident

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CodyKing Sun 29-May-16 22:01:17

Happened in DD school - child now in a facility for troubled kids

RainbowsAndUnicorns5 Sun 29-May-16 22:03:33

A boy at my school back in the 80s brought a knife to school in his shirt pocket . Sadly he tripped, stabbed himself & died

AnotherUsernameBitesTheDust Mon 30-May-16 09:52:35

I would expect an exclusion.

Saying that my stupid DS used his school rucksack for Scout camp and DH forgot to ask him for his pen knife back so he carried it around school for a week before realising. Luckily he is sensible and no bag checks were done (I have no idea if they ever do that sort of thing at his school) If he'd been caught with it I would have explained but he'd have to suck up any punishment.

It scares me to think there are parents out there who would think it was fine for these child to bring a knife to school.

jcsp Thu 16-Jun-16 22:46:03

Depends... Pretend butterfly (?) knife - mother in and a day at home. Brought in forgetfully. Mum very supportive. Day at home really to let others know it wasn't acceptable.

Boy brings large kitchen knife in - found when it fell out of his bag. Brought in because he felt threatened by someone out of school. ( Not sure how true this was) Straight to senior management, questioned. Parents in. A permanent thank you and good bye.


blaeberry Tue 28-Jun-16 14:01:21

Anything more than a very small bladed penknife around here and the police would be called. They might even be called either a penknife.

RamsayBoltonsConscience Fri 22-Jul-16 17:39:26

This happened a few years ago at my school. Boy's parents were called in and he was educated off site until the end of term.

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