Shocking video of hooded yob posing for selfies with a knife in front of pupils outside a secondary school is shared by terrified parents online
- A teenage boy was filmed outside a secondary school brandishing a huge knife
- Footage of boys posing with the blade outside Downend School in Bristol found
- Police now believe they have identified the individual involved while the school say the incident was ‘dealt with immediately’
Police are investigating after a young boy was caught brandishing a huge knife on camera outside a secondary school.
The boy, who looks to be in his teens, was seen laughing with a group of other youngsters outside the school, and posing for selfies as he clutched the blade.
The incident took place last Friday, outside Downend School in Bristol – and came to the attention of Avon and Somerset Police on Saturday morning.
And police now believe they have identified the individual involved, and assure they will be taking ‘positive action’ once their enquiries are complete.
This is the shocking moment a boy was seen carrying a large knife outside a secondary school in Bristol
Meanwhile Castle School Education Trust, which runs Downend School, have stressed that the boy involved has ‘no connection’ to the school.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: ‘Police were made aware of this incident on Saturday, December 1.
‘A concerned member of the public got in touch by email to report the online footage.
‘Neighbourhood PC Chris Fewell visited the school on Monday, December 3.
‘Officers believe they have identified the individual involved and once their enquiries are complete will be taking positive action.
‘Officers stress that it’s never acceptable to carry a knife. Knives do not keep you safe.
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‘People who carry a weapon are more likely to be hospitalised themselves with an injury caused by violence.’
Councillor Jon Hunt, South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: ‘I’m deeply concerned to hear of this incident.
‘South Gloucestershire Council officers have contacted the school to offer support and understand the school responded quickly to ensure student safety.
‘I would suggest it is now a police matter, therefore feel it is not appropriate to comment any further at this stage.’
And a spokesman for Castle School Education Trust said: ‘Staff on duty dealt immediately with an incident at the end of school on Friday.
‘The individual concerned has no connection with Downend School. The police were informed immediately and the matter is now in their hands.’
Reports of knife possession outside schools in Avon and Somerset has leapt up in comparison to a few years ago.
In 2015, there were just two reports in the region – but this leapt to 44 reports in 2016, before falling slightly to 39 reports in 2017.
Any young person who is concerned that a friend is carrying a knife, can contact Fearless, the youth arm of Crimestoppers, anonymously online through www.fearless.org and potentially help to save a life.
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