Topic: Pens, Pencils
Pupils as young as four have been banned from taking pencil cases to school - in case they are used to smuggle sharp weapons. The drastic action was taken after a boy was cut with a letter opener during "boisterous play". Paul Starkie, aged nine, suffered minor cuts to his chest and leg following the incident at St Anne's Primary School, Denton, earlier this week. Teachers discovered that the steel blade had been brought into school hidden in a pencil case. Now all 209 girls and boys at the Tameside school have been banned from taking pencil cases and their contents into the classroom to prevent any other "potentially harmful instruments" being brought into the school.
Read more in Manchester Evening News 10th March 2005