A child brought a blade into a Moray primary school, it has emerged.
During Wednesday morning, staff at the school realised that the pupil had a small tool with a blade in his possession.
In a letter that was issued to all pupils of the school to give to their parents after the school day, staff stressed that the blade had not been exposed at any time.
When staff asked for the knife, the child promptly handed it over and the letter stated that there was no attempt to use the weapon to harm another child.
However, one concerned parent whose daughter shares a classroom with the pupil was dissatisfied that children were given the letters instead of the school calling the parents immediately after the occurrence.
He added that the incident was “very scary” and asked: “Why are parents not checking their kids’ bags and why has the school not taken this more seriously?”
A spokesman for Moray Council said: “When the small knife was seen by a member of staff it was dealt with quickly and efficiently. The pupil was not threatening anyone and no children were in any danger.”
Police confirmed that they had been called out to the school yesterday after it was reported.
A police spokesman said: “The incident was dealt with promptly by school staff and the knife was confiscated. Nobody was injured and there was no wider risk to the school community.
“A report will be submitted to the relevant authorities in connection with the incident. Officers are working in partnership with the school and the local authority to investigate the incident and provide suitable guidance to all involved.”
Following the incident, councillor Marc Macrae said: “While the incident was handled promptly by staff there is of course the question as to why the pupil had brought the knife in the first place, and I would hope that whilst clearly a serious incident lessons can be learnt and procedures can be implemented to better protect the health and wellbeing of the whole school community.
“I would encourage parents and guardians to take heed of this incident and to take the opportunity to discuss any fears or concerns their children may have so that such an incident does not happen again.”