Pencil sharpeners banned after attack
Pencil sharpeners have been banned from a primary school after a pupil dismantled one and used the blade to slash another child's neck.
The victim was attacked in the playground at Waterloo Primary School in Ashton under Lyne.
He was taken to Tameside Hospital where he had butterfly stitches placed on the wound.
The attacker was suspended for two days and is now back in school.
Police, who were notified two days later, have spoken to the young attacker and his parents.
Headteacher David Willis has now banned all pencil sharpeners. [...]
Tracy Buckley, the school's head of governors, has written to all parents, saying the school understood the gravity of the incident and acted accordingly.
The letter states: "The school, like every other school, has a duty to promote 'inclusion' of all pupils. The emphasis of the (DfES) guidance is that a permanent exclusion is discouraged and to be considered as a last resort in very extreme circumstances. A fixed period exclusion was entirely appropriate for the circumstances."
A spokeswoman for Tameside council said it supported the action taken by the school, which she said was appropriate.
"The school took the incident very seriously and the governors, headteacher and staff are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all pupils."
The attack is highlighted just over a week after 15-year-old David Sandham died following an altercation at Broadoak High School in Partington, Trafford.
Yesterday, the Manchester Evening News reported how teachers at Priestnall High School in Stockport started acting as bodyguards, patrolling streets round their school, following attacks on five pupils.
The moral of the story?
At "Waterloo Primary School in Ashton under Lyne", wherever the hell that is, you can slash another kid's throat, the police won't be notified for two days, and you'll get a short vacation from school before being welcomed back in with open arms. Sure, you can't sharpen your pencil the old-fashioned way, but there's always non-rounded-point scissors, the metal edges of rulers, the toxic applications of glue, and the deadly lead points of pencils honed to wicked spears in an electric sharpener. Go crazy, kid! You don't have to worry about getting kicked out of school... after all, the school is devoted towards inclusion of all people, even psycho little shits who like slicing up their classmates!
And they wonder why things are so screwed up.