A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy threatened a fellow pupil with a knife in a school playground.
The year four pupil, who has not been named, is accused of pulling the knife on an 11-year-old boy.
Michael Bainbridge, headteacher at Titchfield Primary in Southampton Road, Titchfield where the incident took place, said the boy had taken his dad’s pocket knife into school to show to a friend.
Mr Bainbridge confiscated the knife and contacted the boy’s parents after the victim, who is in year six, alerted him.
He was excluded for three days but is due to return to school on Monday.
Hampshire County Council and the police were also made aware of the incident, which happened at about 12.10pm on Tuesday. No-one was hurt.
Mr Bainbridge said: ‘The said child had brought in a family heirloom, one of this father’s pocket knives. It was in his pocket.
‘The year six boy came straight to me and said that a boy had a knife in school, at which point I left immediately, the knife was retrieved and the parents of the boy who had reported what happened were contacted. I excluded the boy for three days. I have since rung the police to notify them as to what happened.
‘On these occasions I also have to report the exclusion to the authorities which I did. They said the action I have taken was quite right and proper.
‘It was in the playground. The child had brought [the knife] in surreptitiously in his bag to show to his friend.
‘Within seconds of it being reported it was confiscated. The child in question was not harmed in any way. He just came in and said the boy had threatened him.
‘The policy that we have is zero tolerance about lethal weapons in school. You don’t expect that in a primary school, It’s about the children making good choices and risk assessments. I kept the knife and made sure the parents came to collect it.’
Police are to come in to a school assembly to highlight the dangers of knives to pupils in an arrangement made before the incident.
The boy cannot be arrested as he is below the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales, which is 10 years old.