A SIXTH year pupil has been charged by the police with assault and
thrown out of Lenzie Academy, near Glasgow, following an alleged
incident involving a knife in the playground.
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The boy, who is the subject of a report to the procurator-fiscal, was
charged with possessing an offensive weapon and assault after he
allegedly produced a knife from his pocket in front of other pupils on
Strathclyde Regional Council said yesterday the incident was
immediately reported to the head teacher, who referred the matter to the
police and ordered the boy to leave the school.
Education chiefs, who have warned that pupils carrying knives would
face tough action, have arranged for the boy to continue his education
at home in preparation for SCE examinations later this year.
A spokesperson for Strathclyde Police said yesterday: ''I can confirm
that a 16-year-old boy is the subject of a report to the
procurator-fiscal regarding an incident at Lenzie Academy on February
The school, which is popular with parents mainly because of its high
academic standards, has a roll of 1250 pupils from the Lenzie and
Strathclyde Regional Council's education department said the boy has
been ''excluded'' from the school, rather than expelled. When or whether
he is able to return is a matter for the head teacher.
A spokesman added: ''The school has subsequently discussed the matter
with the boy's parents, who have been very understanding and
co-operative. Support has been given to him so that he can continue his
education at home.
''The education department does everything to engender good behaviour
in and out of schools. Bad behaviour and violence against youngsters is
something we abhor and discourage. We view all incidents of this nature
very seriously indeed.''
Lenzie Academy's headteacher, Mr Colin Brown, said yesterday he could
not discuss the matter and would make no comment ''to protect everyone's