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Bailey Gwynne was stabbed to death
Bailey Gwynne was stabbed to death

1,500 pupils given knife lessons after Bailey Gwynne tragedy

Almost all secondary school pupils in Aberdeen have been taught about the dangers of weapons in the wake of the death of schoolboy Bailey Gwynne.

Lessons spelling out the fatal consequences of bringing knives and guns to the classroom were among the recommendations of a review into last year’s tragedy.

Only around 100 of the youngest secondary pupils are yet to be taught – with the final sessions due in the coming weeks.

Next year the classes will also be taught to the oldest pupils at the city’s primary schools.

Investigator Andrew Lowe’s detailed look at the circumstances of the teenager’s killing at Cults Academy called for action from the council, police and the Scottish Government.

The 16-year-old was stabbed to death by a fellow pupil during a scuffle in a school corridor sparked by a row over a biscuit.

A north-east MSP welcomed the efforts by the local authority and the police to implement the recommendations but questioned when the Scottish Government would do the same.

Mr Lowe said Holyrood should give senior teachers stronger powers to search pupils and make it harder to buy weapons online.

Tory Ross Thomson said: “I’m sure parents, staff and pupils will agree that these lessons will be a positive addition to the curriculum and hopefully will help to raise more awareness about the potential dangers of carrying weapons.

“Aberdeen City Council and Police Scotland locally have responded very positively to the findings of Andrew Lowe’s review.

“It is disappointing, however, that there has still been no visible movement on this from the Scottish Government.

“The Justice Secretary cannot allow this to drift – parents and staff will expect much more and we must do all we can to prevent any similar incidents taking place in future.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We are carefully considering the specific recommendations made to the Scottish Government and have been engaging closely with valued stakeholders as part of this process, including Police Scotland’s National Violence Reduction Unit and the Scottish Advisory Group on Relationships and Behaviour in Schools, whose members includes the Association of Directors of Education and all the teaching unions.”