Bexleyheath Academy pupil cut with craft knife in playground prank

A student was wounded in the playground at Bexleyheath Academy.

Principal Carl Wakefield.

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A Year 9 pupil was cut with a craft knife during a playground prank gone wrong at a Bexleyheath secondary school yesterday.

The victim was caught on the leg by a small blade which two students had stolen from an art class at Bexleyheath Academy and had to go to hospital to have stitches.

In a statement, the school said the knife fell from the pocket of one student, was picked up by another and given to a third who “waved it around in a reckless and carefree manner”.

All four boys involved are being “dealt with extremely seriously” according to principal Carl Wakefield, but he declined to confirm whether the boy who was cut was one of those being disciplined.

Mr Wakefield told News Shopper: “The incident happened in the playground during break time at around 11.20am.

“A young man has ended up with a small flesh wound.

“They are all friends and it’s not a malicious act but a reckless piece of stupid behaviour.

“I would like to reiterate that the safety and welfare of every student at Bexleyheath Academy is of paramount importance and will remain our top priority each and every day.

“Despite our best efforts however, there will always be times when a student lets you down and yesterday four of our young men let us, their families and themselves down.”

Police were informed of the incident but no arrests were made.

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11:48am Wed 9 Jul 14

brad25577 says...

can see the school hasn't changed much from when I started to when I left
can see the school hasn't changed much from when I started to when I left brad25577
  • Score: -5

12:03pm Wed 9 Jul 14

kentlad says...

If the teacher responsible for the lesson had counted how many knifes there were at the begining of the lesson and then did a re-count at the end then they would have noticed one missing and a bag search could have been carried out preventing this incident from happening. This was obviously just boys being boys and fooling around but, what if a craft knife was taken to cause serious harm to another pupil.
If the teacher responsible for the lesson had counted how many knifes there were at the begining of the lesson and then did a re-count at the end then they would have noticed one missing and a bag search could have been carried out preventing this incident from happening. This was obviously just boys being boys and fooling around but, what if a craft knife was taken to cause serious harm to another pupil. kentlad
  • Score: 12

5:29pm Wed 9 Jul 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Stupid boys.
Stupid boys. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 3

9:14am Thu 10 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

kentlad wrote:
If the teacher responsible for the lesson had counted how many knifes there were at the begining of the lesson and then did a re-count at the end then they would have noticed one missing and a bag search could have been carried out preventing this incident from happening. This was obviously just boys being boys and fooling around but, what if a craft knife was taken to cause serious harm to another pupil.
I do understand yout point, but at what stage do we stop mollycoddling. This is year 9 boys who know right and wrong. Is this another 'stabbing' crime!
[quote][p][bold]kentlad[/bold] wrote: If the teacher responsible for the lesson had counted how many knifes there were at the begining of the lesson and then did a re-count at the end then they would have noticed one missing and a bag search could have been carried out preventing this incident from happening. This was obviously just boys being boys and fooling around but, what if a craft knife was taken to cause serious harm to another pupil.[/p][/quote]I do understand yout point, but at what stage do we stop mollycoddling. This is year 9 boys who know right and wrong. Is this another 'stabbing' crime! concerned.erith
  • Score: 3

9:14am Thu 10 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

kentlad wrote:
If the teacher responsible for the lesson had counted how many knifes there were at the begining of the lesson and then did a re-count at the end then they would have noticed one missing and a bag search could have been carried out preventing this incident from happening. This was obviously just boys being boys and fooling around but, what if a craft knife was taken to cause serious harm to another pupil.
I do understand yout point, but at what stage do we stop mollycoddling. This is year 9 boys who know right and wrong. Is this another 'stabbing' crime!
[quote][p][bold]kentlad[/bold] wrote: If the teacher responsible for the lesson had counted how many knifes there were at the begining of the lesson and then did a re-count at the end then they would have noticed one missing and a bag search could have been carried out preventing this incident from happening. This was obviously just boys being boys and fooling around but, what if a craft knife was taken to cause serious harm to another pupil.[/p][/quote]I do understand yout point, but at what stage do we stop mollycoddling. This is year 9 boys who know right and wrong. Is this another 'stabbing' crime! concerned.erith
  • Score: 1

12:35pm Thu 10 Jul 14

kentlad says...

concerned.erith wrote:
kentlad wrote:
If the teacher responsible for the lesson had counted how many knifes there were at the begining of the lesson and then did a re-count at the end then they would have noticed one missing and a bag search could have been carried out preventing this incident from happening. This was obviously just boys being boys and fooling around but, what if a craft knife was taken to cause serious harm to another pupil.
I do understand yout point, but at what stage do we stop mollycoddling. This is year 9 boys who know right and wrong. Is this another 'stabbing' crime!
You have a point re: mollycoddling, i totally agree its sad that even at this age they can not be trusted however, there is always one unfortunately and because of this certain measures are required to be put in place to prevent further cases like this from happening. I would like to think the head teacher has not tried to cover up a more serious incident for the sake of the schools reputation. Does seem strange a pupil has taken a knife from the lesson and injured another child within mins/hours of stealing it???
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kentlad[/bold] wrote: If the teacher responsible for the lesson had counted how many knifes there were at the begining of the lesson and then did a re-count at the end then they would have noticed one missing and a bag search could have been carried out preventing this incident from happening. This was obviously just boys being boys and fooling around but, what if a craft knife was taken to cause serious harm to another pupil.[/p][/quote]I do understand yout point, but at what stage do we stop mollycoddling. This is year 9 boys who know right and wrong. Is this another 'stabbing' crime![/p][/quote]You have a point re: mollycoddling, i totally agree its sad that even at this age they can not be trusted however, there is always one unfortunately and because of this certain measures are required to be put in place to prevent further cases like this from happening. I would like to think the head teacher has not tried to cover up a more serious incident for the sake of the schools reputation. Does seem strange a pupil has taken a knife from the lesson and injured another child within mins/hours of stealing it??? kentlad
  • Score: -2

11:51pm Thu 10 Jul 14

kids1st says...

My son goes to BA and is very happy there. A pupil took a small craft knife, dropped it and it was waved about by another pupil, leading to his own friend being cut accidently. Parents were told straight away, pupils were told and reassured. The headmaster Mr Wakefeild, who is fairly new to the school has worked wonders and i am confident that the pupils involved will be dealt with v.seriously.
It's a shame that one stupid incident could ruin their reputation after so much hard work.
My son goes to BA and is very happy there. A pupil took a small craft knife, dropped it and it was waved about by another pupil, leading to his own friend being cut accidently. Parents were told straight away, pupils were told and reassured. The headmaster Mr Wakefeild, who is fairly new to the school has worked wonders and i am confident that the pupils involved will be dealt with v.seriously. It's a shame that one stupid incident could ruin their reputation after so much hard work. kids1st
  • Score: 7

5:02pm Fri 11 Jul 14

kentmum says...

You get stupidity in all schools, it won't put me off sending my daughter to BA
You get stupidity in all schools, it won't put me off sending my daughter to BA kentmum
  • Score: 4

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