Boy, 14, charged over ‘school knife’ incident

A teenage boy has been charged by police after allegedly carrying a knife outside one of the north-east’s busiest secondary schools.

The incident happened near Peterhead Academy around lunchtime yesterday.

No one was injured, but a passing parent raised the alarm and reported the 14-year-old boy to police and the school.

It is understood the weapon involved was a serrated knife. Last night, a local police chief said his officers had acted swiftly to detain the teen.

Inspector George Cordiner said: “Officers received a report this afternoon of a teenager allegedly in possession of a weapon in the Peterhead Academy area.

“Officers attended and a 14-year-old was quickly detained to assist with their inquiries. He has subsequently been charged and is due to appear in court.”

It is understood the incident happened near the Prince Street entrance to the academy and the 14-year-old was challenged by a member of staff.

Last night, one parent of a child at the school said: “My daughter has just started the academy and it’s scary to think that this could happen.”

Earlier this year a retired police officer spoke out after his son was threatened with a lock knife in a separate incident at Peterhead Academy.

A fight broke out between two boys in the grounds of the school and one pupil brandished the blade at another boy in a row over a girl. A teenager was charged following the incident.

The father of the victim, who could not be identified for legal reasons, said his son had a “lucky escape” unlike tragic Cults Academy pupil Bailey Gwynne who was stabbed to death by a classmate in Aberdeen two years ago.

Aberdeenshire Council would not comment about yesterday’s incident due to the police investigation.