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KNIFE GANGS LAY SIEGE TO SCHOOL.

ARMED gangs caused chaos at a secondary school when they threatened pupils leaving the school.

Pupils were ordered back to their classrooms when the knife-wielding gangs of ex-pupils laid siege to Lenzie Academy, near Glasgow.

Rector Roderick McLelland ordered staff and pupils inside until police moved the youths on.

A knife was confiscated by police from an 18-year-old.

In a letter to parents, Mr McLelland said pupils were detained until police arrived because he was concerned about their safety.

He said: "There have been a number of confrontations involving local youths who had been loitering at the school gates, placing many pupils in a state of alarm and fear.

"In the light of the current situation, in consultation with the police I would strongly advise pupils should not loiter in the streets around lunchtime."

A police spokesman said: "Former pupils were noising up present ones and a nasty situation developed.

"The Rector took the correct action. Our officers in the area are keeping a close watch on the situation."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 6, 1999
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