10-year-olds take penknives they found into school

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TWO 10-year-olds sparked an alert after taking penknives into school.

The youngsters, who found the knives in woodland, took them into Whiteley Primary in Gull Coppice.

Headteacher Lesley Pennington said that the incident was dealt with swiftly and she stressed that at no time were any pupils at risk.

She said: ‘It was brought to my attention that two pupils each had a penknife in their possession.

‘I acted immediately to remove them and contacted the children’s parents.

‘I must stress that at no time was there any threat of injury to other pupils or staff, nor was there any damage to school property.

‘As a result the matter was dealt with swiftly by the school, and the parents of the pupils involved, in a manner proportionate to the incident.

‘The children concerned have been disciplined appropriately and learned a valuable lesson.

‘The police are supportive of our approach in dealing with the matter.’

Worried parents posted their concerns about the incident to the public Facebook group Voice4Whiteley.

And many were upset about the way the situation had been dealt with.

Others called for the police to visit the school to talk about the dangers of knives to pupils.

Christine Mintrim posted: ‘Thank god no children were hurt or god knows what else but I expect it’s caused fear amongst many kids now not wanting to go to school?

‘This isn’t a matter to be hushed up.’

Executive member for education at Hampshire County Council Peter Edgar said that the authority takes incidents like this 
seriously.

He said that he was not aware of this particular case but that advice and support was available if needed.

Cllr Edgar said: ‘Teachers and governors take any incident of this sort of nature very seriously.’

‘There is help and advice available from the county council.’

He added: ‘We work closely with schools as our number one priority is the safety of our children.’