Fatal school stabbing could have been stopped, inquiry rules

Fatal stabbing in which a 16-year-old pupil was killed in a row over biscuits, was “Potentially avoidable”, an inquiry has found.
Bailey Gwynne was killed by a fellow pupil during a fight at Cults Academy in Aberdeen, Scotland almost a year ago.
His killer, who can not be named for legal reasons, has been jailed for nine years after he was found guilty of culpable homicide, an act which has Caused someone’s death but which does not amount to murder.
the Scottish government is now being urged to apply to consider legal changes to allow teachers to search pupils where they suspect they could be carrying something which could harm Themselves, pupils or school staff.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has promised to to consider the inquiry’s findings and to report back.
the inquiry found that the stabbing was unplanned and spontaneous, emerging out of what was described as “unexceptional banter”.
trial at Aberdeen’s High Court heard earlie that this was an argument over a biscuit.
Giving evidence, a friend of the killer said he had shown him a knife and knuckledusters he being carried with him from the end of 2014.
the inquiry report said: “this was Potentially predictable and avoidable if those who knew Child a being carried weapons in school had reported this to the staff.”
Andrew Lowe, Chairman of child and adult protection for Renfrewshire, led the inquiry. He said: “I’m pretty confident that this young man did not go to school imagining that he was going to take away the life of a fellow pupil who was not, incidentally, feeling even enemy.
” This was just one of those dreadful things that can occar if one carries weapons. ”
he urged to apply pupils who were aware that someone was carrying weapons to come forward and speak to someone in authority to try to stop similar tragedies from happening in the future.
Mr Lowe’s report makes 21 recommendations of , including Amending the law in relation to searching pupils, and further Legislative controls on the purchase of weapons online.
He said he would like to senior school staff to be given more power so they could search pupils they thought could be carrying weapons.
Other recommendations of include parents receiving a letter from the school setting out the school rules and expectations Regarding weapons, that pupil Councils should develop Processes to share knowledge of weapons with teachers and that Police Scotland should be notified of every incident of weapons being taken into, it is known by, a school .