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Boy, 11, who took 'knife' to school is suspended; pupil is excluded for having potato peeler.

Byline: SONIA SHARMA Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com @TheSharminator

A BOY of 11 was suspended from a Tyneside primary for taking a potato peeler into school.

The Year Six pupil was excluded for four days after the incident at Redesdale Primary, on Wiltshire Drive, in Wallsend, on May 16.

Police were informed that a child had taken a small knife into school and found out that it was a potato peeler. Officers say no-one was threatened with the object and no-one was injured.

The matter was dealt with by the school itself and resulted in the boy's suspension.

However, police now plan to speak to pupils about the dangers of knives and knife crime.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Jonathan Caisley, of Northumbria Police, said: "We work closely with our partners in schools and respond to local issues.

"Our officers take all reports involving knives in schools very seriously and will always act to safeguard pupils and staff. We continue to work closely with schools to keep people safe."

A potato peeler " Parents of Year Six students were also informed o the incident through letters.

A spokesman for Redesdale Primary said: "We can confirm that there was an incident involving a Year Six pupil who brought an inappropriate item into school.

"Staff responded quickly and appropriately to deal with the incident and all relevant agencies were informed. Parents of Year Six pupils were also informed by letter.

"North Tyneside Council's safeguarding team and police are now working with the family and school staff.

"The school has also introduced additional safety measures to ensure the ongoing safety and protection of all children. It is important to stress that no other pupils were ever in any danger.

"We take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and will continue to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all children at the school."

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A potato peeler

Redesdale Primary School, Wallsend

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Date:May 28, 2016
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