Police probe into school knife threat

Police have been called into Hodgson High in Poulton
Police have been called into Hodgson High in Poulton

A schoolboy is at the centre of a police probe after threatening another pupil with a knife.

Police were called to Hodgson Academy, in Poulton, after the Year 11 pupil pulled out a kitchen knife during lunchtime.

Staff at the school confirmed the boy has been suspended from the Moorland Road school.

The Gazette has seen a copy of a letter sent to parents confirming a “serious incident” took place – but it made no mention of the knife.

A number of pupils were left shaken although nobody was hurt.

In a statement to The Gazette, Hodgson Academy principal Toni Roethling said: “I can confirm that an incident took place in which one of our pupils threatened another pupil with a knife.

“No-one was harmed in the incident, which was swiftly dealt with and is now being investigated by the police.

“The pupil involved is not currently in school.”

Police today confirmed they were called to the school on Wednesday following the incident although it is not yet clear what prompted the pupil to brandish the weapon, described as a small kitchen knife.

According to one report on social media, the boy held the knife to the throat of a classmate, who is also in year 11, before being taken away by police.

The incident was addressed at an assembly yesterday and pupils have been offered support to help them cope with any distress caused.

Mrs Roethling added: “The safety of our pupils is paramount and we are taking this very seriously.

“I would, however, stress that this kind of incident is extremely rare.

“Hodgson Academy is an outstanding school, praised in our latest Ofsted report for the behaviour of our pupils.

“We will do all that we can to ensure that the school continues to provide a safe environment in which young people can develop as individuals and achieve their full potential.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We received a report at around 2pm on Wednesday that a pupil puled a knife out on another pupil at Hodgson Academy.”

Lancashire Police said the boy had not been formally arrested and was taken home by officers following the incident.

The school emailed parents on Wednesday evening, before sending a paper copy of the letter home with pupils last night.

It read: “There was a serious incident in school at lunchtime.

“I can assure you we are dealing with the matter in liaison with the police and the strongest sanctions have been put into place.

“If your child has been upset or distressed in any way please ask them to go to pastoral support or talk to their progress tutor.

“Our main priority is to reassure children, and yourselves, as to their safety in school. While this incident is distressing, no student has been harmed and student safety continues to be our highest priority.”