NORTH BROMSGROVE High School has moved to reassure parents about pupil safety following an incident at the school involving a craft knife.
The Standard was contacted by a concerned parent following the occurrence on Wednesday (September 7).
West Mercia Police confirmed a boy was taken to hospital with wounds to his hand and arm, believed to have been caused by a craft knife.
A spokesperson said a 14-year-old boy from Bromsgrove was arrested on suspicion of wounding and inflicting grievous bodily harm and was bailed in connection with the incident.
The parent also criticised the school for not communicating with parents but North Bromsgrove High School headteacher David Hadley-Price said it was not possible to immediately write to parents about the incident because a criminal investigation was underway and details could potentially ‘prejudice’ the case.
He added: “The door is never closed to parents. I’ve spoken to several since it took place, so they can come and discuss anytime, and we will speak as honestly and as openly as we can on a one-to-one basis with any parent who is concerned.”
The school printed an official statement on its website which read: “You may be aware of an incident that took place on September 7 in which a student apparently purchased a pack of small craft knives from a store in Bromsgrove and brought one into school in his school bag.
“There was an incident that followed later that day when a friend of the other student received cuts to his hand and arm which were treated immediately but required a hospital visit.
“Please also be assured that immediate and significant disciplinary action by both the school and the police has been taken against the student who will not be returning to our school.
“The school’s behaviour policy is very clear about banned items, and as such, dangerous items will not be tolerated.”
Insp Sarah Corteen from Bromsgrove Police also reassured parents, saying incidents like the one at North Bromsgrove were extremely rare.
“Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team have visited the school to provide reassurance and will continue to support the school if required whilst investigations continue.”
And she had a message for others.
“If you are caught carrying a knife you risk arrest, prosecution, a criminal record or even ending up in prison.
“Ultimately, choosing to carry a knife is a decision you could regret for the rest of your life.
“We urge everyone to think about the potential consequences for other people and for yourself and your family.
“Finally, I would like to add that we all have a duty to help keep our communities safe.
“If you know someone or see someone carrying a knife, please contact police straight away on 101.”