Primary pupil brings in "dangerous weapon" to Hatfield Broad Oak school

PUBLISHED: 13:58 04 February 2019 | UPDATED: 08:29 05 February 2019

Hatfield Broad Oak sign

Hatfield Broad Oak sign


Children at a village primary school near Dunmow are receiving support, after a fellow student brought a "dangerous weapon" onto the site.

A student brought in a weapon, reported to have been a knife, into St Mary’s Primary School, Hatfield Broad Oak, on January 24.

No pupils were hurt during the incident and the school has now said it will be ‘reviewing procedures’.

A spokesperson for St Mary’s Primary School, said: “We can confirm that on Thursday 24th January a pupil bought a dangerous weapon into school. As soon as teaching staff became aware of the weapon emergency safeguarding procedures were acted upon. No pupils were harmed during this incident. The weapon was safely removed from the school.

The police were called and have investigated the incident.

We can assure parents that safeguarding procedures were followed at all times and that the safety of pupils and staff members remains of utmost concern to us.

In light of this incident we will review procedures to ensure we continue to act in the safest, most appropriate way.

The welfare of pupils and staff is always of paramount importance to us. Pupils are regularly reminded about all aspects of their safety and we work to ensure these guidelines are reinforced.

The pupil is no longer at the school.

All school staff are committed to the emotional wellbeing of pupils affected by this incident and we will provide support for as long as it is required.”

Sonia Strickland, head teacher, said: “I am satisfied the correct action was taken to ensure that matter could be investigated fully and dealt with appropriately.

“Incidents such as this are extremely rare and I would like to reassure parents that the school remains a safe learning environment.”

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “A child was reported to be in possession of a knife on January 24. We have spoken to the child, their parents, and the school, and appropriate safeguarding has been put in place.”

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