Armed in the classroom

Herald on Sunday 9 Oct 2011
Teachers are trying to fathom why an increasing number of kids, some as young as 5, bring weapons to school. Teachers are allowed to search children for weapons and drugs, but many are nervous of doing this one-on-one. Children as young as 5 are among the alarming number of pupils who have been suspended or stood down for having weapons at school. Figures the Herald on Sunday obtained through the Official Information Act show more than 1000 students have been removed from schools for possessing or using a weapon in the past two years. At least 700 cases involved knives, blades, hammers, scissors and guns, including replicas.
FAVOURITE WEAPONS
* Knife: 450
* Gun, including toy: 219
* Scissors: 36
* Blade: 12
* Hammer: 11
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