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Pupil is charged with knife offence

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 February 23.

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 23.''

The school, which is popular with parents mainly because of its high academic standards, has a roll of 1250 pupils from the Lenzie and Kirkintilloch areas.

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 interests''.

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