Parents urged to take responsibility for children's behaviour after shock report on number of knives and guns seized in schools

Alcohol, drugs, guns and knives have been found in schools across the Bradford district

Alcohol, drugs, guns and knives have been found in schools across the Bradford district

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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.

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10:38am Fri 31 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

What are the chances the 'parents' of these kids are into guns and knives themselves?
What are the chances the 'parents' of these kids are into guns and knives themselves? The Hoffster
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10:57am Fri 31 Jan 14

Albion. says...

Why are exclusions for short periods? It just gives the kid an extra holiday and enhances their status to some of their peers. Excluding them to a place where discipline was severe (beyond what is allowed now) and learning to do as you're told, is top of the agenda, would have more effect. That isn't currently possible of course, as we allow the do-gooders both here and in Brussels to dictate how we deal with wrongdoers at all levels.
Why are exclusions for short periods? It just gives the kid an extra holiday and enhances their status to some of their peers. Excluding them to a place where discipline was severe (beyond what is allowed now) and learning to do as you're told, is top of the agenda, would have more effect. That isn't currently possible of course, as we allow the do-gooders both here and in Brussels to dictate how we deal with wrongdoers at all levels. Albion.
  • Score: 7

11:12am Fri 31 Jan 14

allinittogether says...

The level of reporting in the T&A just gets worse and worse, they tout this as an "exclusive" yet fail to follow through with pertinent questions and facts.
Apparently there were 2600 permanent or fixed term exclusions in 2012/13. What were they for? Fixed term is how long? What subsequently happened to the permanently excluded? How were their parents involved etc etc etc
Come on Chris Young, where is your journalistic curiosity?
The level of reporting in the T&A just gets worse and worse, they tout this as an "exclusive" yet fail to follow through with pertinent questions and facts. Apparently there were 2600 permanent or fixed term exclusions in 2012/13. What were they for? Fixed term is how long? What subsequently happened to the permanently excluded? How were their parents involved etc etc etc Come on Chris Young, where is your journalistic curiosity? allinittogether
  • Score: 2

11:55am Fri 31 Jan 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Would be interesting to know if a majority of badly behaved kids come from large families, where parents just can't cope with all the kids they have thoughtlessly produced.
Would be interesting to know if a majority of badly behaved kids come from large families, where parents just can't cope with all the kids they have thoughtlessly produced. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

4:49am Sat 1 Feb 14

RollandSmoke says...

allinittogether wrote:
The level of reporting in the T&A just gets worse and worse, they tout this as an "exclusive" yet fail to follow through with pertinent questions and facts.
Apparently there were 2600 permanent or fixed term exclusions in 2012/13. What were they for? Fixed term is how long? What subsequently happened to the permanently excluded? How were their parents involved etc etc etc
Come on Chris Young, where is your journalistic curiosity?
‘Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.’ George Orwell
How many journalists work for the T&A?
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: The level of reporting in the T&A just gets worse and worse, they tout this as an "exclusive" yet fail to follow through with pertinent questions and facts. Apparently there were 2600 permanent or fixed term exclusions in 2012/13. What were they for? Fixed term is how long? What subsequently happened to the permanently excluded? How were their parents involved etc etc etc Come on Chris Young, where is your journalistic curiosity?[/p][/quote]‘Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.’ George Orwell How many journalists work for the T&A? RollandSmoke
  • Score: -2

5:07am Sat 1 Feb 14

RollandSmoke says...

These knives, what are we talking here? Are they Machetes or kitchen knives from Argos? The gun, is it a Black handgun which takes between 12-15 rounds or is it a rusty blue six shot revolver? Does it matter if these details are reported correctly? Would the truth remove the dramatic impact of the story? Best to omit as much detail as possible really isn't it? Leave the reader to fill in the gaps in their own mind. I'm sure the picture that their perception paints will be exactly mirroring the reality.
These knives, what are we talking here? Are they Machetes or kitchen knives from Argos? The gun, is it a Black handgun which takes between 12-15 rounds or is it a rusty blue six shot revolver? Does it matter if these details are reported correctly? Would the truth remove the dramatic impact of the story? Best to omit as much detail as possible really isn't it? Leave the reader to fill in the gaps in their own mind. I'm sure the picture that their perception paints will be exactly mirroring the reality. RollandSmoke
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