Parents urged to take responsibility for children's behaviour after shock report on number of knives and guns seized in schools (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Parents urged to take responsibility for children's behaviour after shock report on number of knives and guns seized in schools
Parents must be held to account if their children are caught with guns or knives in school, MPs have warned.
The Telegraph & Argus exclusively revealed yesterday that eight guns and 16 knives had been found on pupils at Council-run schools in the district in the last academic year.
The figures included one gun and six knives being seized from children at primary schools.
Keighley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins described the situation as unacceptable and urged parents to take more responsibility for their children’s behaviour.
“Teachers and children have the absolute right to feel safe and be safe in the classroom but, as these figures highlight so graphically, this is often not the case,” he said.
“It is essential for children to be brought up in a home which encourages good behaviour and makes clear the difference between right and wrong. This is the sole responsibility of parents who must be held accountable for their failures.”
Bradford East Liberal Democrat MP David Ward, a former school governor, said: “I have sat on appeals when children have been excluded for bringing weapons into school.
“A lot of children come from chaotic backgrounds, so the one thing a school must be for them is a safe haven.
“Schools need to crack down on these incidents and action has to be taken against the perpetrators.”
Shipley Conservative MP Philip Davies said: “It is important that schools are given every support when they exclude pupils for behaviour which is totally unacceptable.
“I also believe that the parents of young children should be held far more accountable for their children”
Mum-of-two Nicola Dobbie, of Baildon, said she was horrified when she learned what was happening in some schools.
“It’s really sad to hear. You normally hear about kids saying ‘so and so pushed me on the playground’ but I’ve never heard anything like this before.
“It is concerning because you can prepare your child for going into school and meeting a bully, but how do you explain to a child about someone taking a gun to the school?” she said.
Councillor Imran Hussain, the Council’s executive for safer communities, said: “In serious cases there are referrals to other agencies and, if there is a need, to the criminal justice process.
“There is some parental responsibility, we need to see why these young people are carrying such offensive weapons.”
Slightly more than 2,600 children were given permanent or fixed term exclusions from Council schools in 2012/13.
Other reasons included attacks on teachers, arson, theft and sexual misconduct.