A Year 5 student was found to be carrying a kitchen knife in their school bag at a primary school in Newport this morning (Friday), prompting a letter to be sent to parents warning them to remain vigilant.
Concerned children noticed the knife – of an undisclosed size – at the beginning of the school day. The responsible youngsters quickly alerted teachers to the alarming situation, with immediate action taken.
Parents of Year 5 students at Carisbrooke CE Primary School have been reassured by headteacher Lloyd Watkins after the ‘highly unusual’ incident. Mr Watkins says that he met with the child – thought to be a young girl – and her mother this morning to discuss the severity of the incident and the girl was sent home.
It has been confirmed that the knife had not been taken out of the child’s bag prior to the time of discovery, nor used for any particular purpose. However, the school say they are unclear as to why the child brought it into school in the first place.
Island Echo is told that the knife was ‘shown’ to 4 or 5 children. Concerns have been raised that children in the school may have been ‘daring’ one another to make bad choices.
In a letter sent home to parents today, Mr Watkins says:
“I wish to ensure [sic] all parents that this matter has been treated with the upmost importance…
“This incident is highly unusual in our primary school and, after putting an initial consequence into place, the school will be working with the child and their family on trying to understand the reasons for these actions/what may have led up to it occurring.
“In addition to informing you about this incident as a matter of due diligence, I would encourage parents to be vigilant themselves in checking for any signs of inappropriate behaviours or activities from your children at home.
“School has not yet managed to definitively determine why a child chose to bring a knife into school, but it is possible that children may have been discussing knives in the lead up to this, air possibly ‘daring’ each other to make bad choices such as this.
“We will continue to investigate at school and support all children to make good, safe choices – please do also be vigilant with regards to this matter at home”.
It is thought that the child at the centre of the knife alert has been excluded from the school for 1 week.