Child pulled knife on teacher at Darell Primary School, Richmond

Support moving forward: Laura Whateley, headteacher of Darell Primary School

Support moving forward: Laura Whateley, headteacher of Darell Primary School

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A primary school child pulled out a knife on a teacher after storming out of his classroom.

The boy, who has now been excluded, left his classroom in a temper and swiped the knife from the kitchen area in the staff room of Darell Primary School in Richmond.

The boy, who was younger than 10, had the knife in his hand when he was confronted by the female teacher.

She told him to put it down and another female member of staff took the knife.

The school did not report the incident, on April 24, to police, but they were informed three weeks later.

Laura Whateley, headteacher of Darell Primary School, said: “At no point was any child or member of staff at the school at risk of harm.

“The child involved is currently excluded from school and, together with the local authority we are working with their family to offer support moving forward.

“Darell Primary School takes safety extremely seriously and the school has a zero tolerance approach to any inappropriate behaviour. The school was praised in its most recent Ofsted inspection which stated that pupils feel extremely safe in school and behaviour is good.”

Richmond Council said it was working with the school.

A spokesman said: “Richmond Council considers the safety and wellbeing of all children in our schools of the utmost importance.”

It also said the incident was not reported to police because the child was under 10 and it was dealt with swiftly by the school and council.

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9:46am Tue 20 May 14

EdwinaWaugh says...

Absolute idiots! What are they ticking boxes at the expense of staff and pupils safety?
Absolute idiots! What are they ticking boxes at the expense of staff and pupils safety? EdwinaWaugh
  • Score: -1

1:21pm Tue 20 May 14

lucullus says...

What do you mean, Edwina? The school dealt with it promptly, and will have a detailed plan, with the council, to get the child re-integrated. There's absolutely no suggestion that the school does not take safety of pupils and staff seriously ...
What do you mean, Edwina? The school dealt with it promptly, and will have a detailed plan, with the council, to get the child re-integrated. There's absolutely no suggestion that the school does not take safety of pupils and staff seriously ... lucullus
  • Score: 0

6:08pm Tue 20 May 14

EdwinaWaugh says...

Bot much point responding to lucullus's view of this shocking affair. He/She seems full of the "wet" outlook where the criminal is worthier than the victim. The school took 3 WHOLE WEEKS to contact the police! Highly probable that there is a murdering maniac in embryo here, and in a few years time he will be stabbing or even shooting at will. The chid, and his parents (if he has them) should receive psychological tests to ascertain what is wrong. Finally, because this occured in a good area, and not a sink estate, the gravity of the situation is played down.
Bot much point responding to lucullus's view of this shocking affair. He/She seems full of the "wet" outlook where the criminal is worthier than the victim. The school took 3 WHOLE WEEKS to contact the police! Highly probable that there is a murdering maniac in embryo here, and in a few years time he will be stabbing or even shooting at will. The chid, and his parents (if he has them) should receive psychological tests to ascertain what is wrong. Finally, because this occured in a good area, and not a sink estate, the gravity of the situation is played down. EdwinaWaugh
  • Score: -5

11:17am Wed 21 May 14

lucullus says...

Edwina, it's a primary school. Not only will the child be below the age of criminal responsibility, but there was no-one hurt.

Neither you nor I have any idea what triggered this behaviour, but the idea that the child should be treated as a criminal is frankly abhorrent.

If you really want to understand how schools deal with this, why not go and ask them about how back to school plans and suspensions actually work?
Edwina, it's a primary school. Not only will the child be below the age of criminal responsibility, but there was no-one hurt. Neither you nor I have any idea what triggered this behaviour, but the idea that the child should be treated as a criminal is frankly abhorrent. If you really want to understand how schools deal with this, why not go and ask them about how back to school plans and suspensions actually work? lucullus
  • Score: 1

12:55pm Thu 22 May 14

kingstonpaul says...

Depressing that this child's instinct was to grab a knife. The fact that no one was in danger is missing the point. But where on earth does a 10-year old get it from? First point of call would be what computer games he's consuming. What's the betting that Grand Theft Auto is on his PC?
Depressing that this child's instinct was to grab a knife. The fact that no one was in danger is missing the point. But where on earth does a 10-year old get it from? First point of call would be what computer games he's consuming. What's the betting that Grand Theft Auto is on his PC? kingstonpaul
  • Score: -2

5:37pm Mon 26 May 14

EdwinaWaugh says...

kingstonpaul, sad to say you seem the only commentator here with a brain. The others seem unrealistic and away with the fairies.
kingstonpaul, sad to say you seem the only commentator here with a brain. The others seem unrealistic and away with the fairies. EdwinaWaugh
  • Score: 1

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