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Chester school taking knife attack ‘extremely seriously’

Incident happened during lunchtime game of football

 

Upton-by-Chester High School

A pupil attacked a fellow student with a craft knife in an angry reaction to a tackle during a lunchtime game of football.

The incident happened at Upton-by-Chester High School where the matter is being taken ‘extremely seriously’ although fortunately the injured pupil only suffered a minor wound.

Acting headteacher Jon Arnull explained the circumstances surrounding the assault in response to a Chronicle enquiry.

He said: “We did have an incident on Wednesday afternoon (May 24) between two Year 7 boys (11/12 years of age) whilst they were playing football on the school field at lunchtime.

"It was not a fight but an angry, one-sided response from one of the boys following a tackle.

“The other boy was injured with a craft knife whereby his skin was punctured with the tip of the knife. No hospital treatment was needed and the minor wound only required a small sticking plaster.”

He said rumours circulating about an alleged stabbing were an exaggeration compared with what actually happened.

But Mr Arnull, who confirmed police had been informed of the incident, continued: “However, I do need to point out we have taken the incident extremely seriously and will use the strongest possible sanctions available to us in these circumstances.

"The possession, and use, of a knife or other dangerous implements is wholly unacceptable when not in a controlled classroom environment.

“We have already undertaken a full risk assessment of the circumstances surrounding the incident and are satisfied that all appropriate safety measures are in place.”

He added: “The safety and emotional well-being of our students is of paramount importance and also the good reputation of our school; it is essential that the community know we will not tolerate behaviour of this kind.”

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