It was about 2001 and I had to meet with a parents of a pupil who had brought a knife into school. At the time I thought it was going to be a simple case of telling the parents that we were deeply concerned at the matter and the people would be dealt accordingly at home as well as being suspended from school.
I explained the situation and the parents were completely indifferent. They thought that it was right that their son should bring a knife into school as he was being “picked on” and he did it to protect himself. Even after the meeting concluded and we had explained that under no circumstance should such a weapon be brought on to the premises they still believed that they were right to support their son. It was an appalling situation as the son joined us in the meeting and he looked exonerated. His parents condoned his actions.
I am deeply saddened by the news that a teacher has been stabbed to death in Leeds. But I am certainly not shocked at all at this situation. The rhetoric on news channels to say that schools are ultimately safe place just isn’t true. I believed that this would happen even all those years ago. Let’s hope something good comes of this terrible tragedy. Education is the key response to this.