A five-year-old boy was caught with a knife at an Aberdeen school, sparking a police investigation, the Evening Express can reveal today.
The pupil attended class and took out a knife which was seen by staff, who immediately put in place the school’s incident procedure.
The Evening Express has chosen not to identify the school to protect the boy’s identity.
Police investigated the incident and it is understood that officers concluded that, due to the boy being under the age of criminal responsibility, it would not be possible for the police to consider bringing a charge against him.
However, it is understood police took the matter seriously and are working with officials from Aberdeen City Council to implement a multi-agency response plan, which aims to support the boy’s parents.
This will include a meeting attended by police, social workers and senior staff from the school to discuss if any assistance needs to be provided to the parents.
Local Sergeant Craig Murray said: “Prevention and education are absolutely critical and I would urge parents and guardians to talk to young people about the dangers of carrying a weapon to ensure they understand and appreciate the harsh reality of what could happen.”
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident in which an infant pupil brought a small knife to school. Appropriate measures were taken in line with our comprehensive policies and procedures.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland received a report of an incident on February 22 involving a young boy taking a weapon into school.”
Sgt Murray said: “One such incident in our schools and communities is one too many and we have established a multi-agency response plan which includes a prompt assessment and follow-up to any incident.”
Sgt Murray added: “Young people need to understand that even if they never intend on using a weapon, carrying one could result in unthinkable consequences, not to mention a potential criminal record.”
Aberdeen Liberal Democrat group spokesman Councillor Martin Greig said: “This is a worrying incident.”