Boy, 14, had Rambo-style knife at North-east school

Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

A 14-year-old pulled a knife on a pupil at a North-east school – and then was spotted with a Rambo-style blade several months later.

The boy, who is now 15 and can’t be named for legal reasons, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff
Court and admitted having a knife in a public place and assault.

The court was told the victim was on his lunch break, on May 29 last year, when he received a threatening message on his phone. The message demanded he be at a certain place by the end of lunch.

Fiscal Depute Christopher Macintosh said the youth thought this was in connection with him “being friendly with a girl the accused also liked”.

Mr Macintosh said the boy went to the spot with a friend.

He said: “A short time later the accused arrived and began shouting and swearing at the complainer.

As the accused approached the complainer he extracted a brown handled lock knife from his jacket pocket while shouting: ‘What you saying?’

“As the accused walked towards the complainer a number of persons nearby approached the accused and removed the knife from the accused’s possession. The accused continued to approach the complainer and headbutted him twice.

“The complainer attempted to restrain the accused, at that time teachers had arrived.”

The court heard the knife was handed over to members of staff and police were called.

Speaking of the second incident, on September 11, Mr Macintosh said a parent had been dropping their child off and saw the boy, who was excluded at the time, with a knife.

He said: “The parent watched as the accused walked towards the school doors and saw the accused pull a knife out from the right side of his body.”

The weapon – described as a “serrated Rambo-style knife” – was on show for around five seconds before being concealed.

Mr Macintosh said: “The accused continued to walk towards school doors, where he was stopped by one of the teachers.

He was told he was not allowed on school property and told to leave, which he did.”

The parent later told the teacher about the knife and police were contacted.

The school, in a North-east town, cannot be named for legal reasons.

Sheriff Jack Brown told the youth, who will be sentenced next month, the charges were “extremely serious”.

He added: “Your situation is compounded, where you were presenting a knife at a fellow school pupil. These set of circumstances can be reflective of another circumstance in this area where the outcome was more serious for the individual assaulted and the accused as well.”

Aberdeenshire Council declined to comment.

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