Weapons on the rise at Midlothian schools

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The number of children caught with weapons in Midlothian schools has more than trebled in the space of just a year.

The statistics, obtained by Scottish Conservatives under Freedom of Information legislation, reveal that incidents involving weapons at local primary and secondary schools rose from four in 2012/13 to 13 the following year.

While other local authorities identified weapons including kitchen knives, scalpel blades, pool cues and even a hack saw, Midlothian Council would confirm only Play Dough, a cushion, ear defenders, a cardboard square, a chair, marker pens and a door.

When the Advertiser asked for the full list of weapons involved we were told: “Violent incident forms submitted are specifically about attacks on staff and we don’t appear to have a central record of all violent incidents which includes a record of the actual weapon used.”

It is understood that the pupils involved ranged from P3 to S5. Former teachers have described the dramatic increase as “worrying”.

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