| 21.06,18. 07:56 PM |
School camp goes into lockdown as 10-year-old allegedly wields knife at teachers
Photo: The 10-year-old boy allegedly grabbed the knife from the kitchen. (imaspy: www.sxc.hu)
A 10-year-old boy has been charged with property damage and assault after allegedly wielding a knife at teachers at a school camp.
The South Australian primary school camp went into lockdown on Tuesday after a student allegedly pulled out a knife from the kitchen.
Police attended the camp and said the 10-year-old boy was arrested without further incident and no one was injured.
But a mother of one of the other students at the camp said she believed teachers needed more rights to prevent similar events from happening.
"I felt sorry for the teachers, the school has sent out a letter to us today saying that the boy won't be back at school," she said.
"The guidelines need to be thrown out the window in some circumstances, the teachers need more rights.
"I think if the teachers could touch the kids, like just grab the kids and restrain them… it's hard for teachers because they're not allowed to touch children, it's stupid."
The principal from the school — which can't be named for legal reasons — said there were about 56 students on the camp who were locked in the hall area for protection.
She said the 10-year-old was quite a popular student in his class.
"I mean the kids have been amazing and probably more concerned about the student than you know than themselves actually, which is nice," she said.
"They've been very concerned. He's a well-liked member of the class and the school."
Principal praises teachers for protecting students
The principal said the school was taking disciplinary action following the incident and praised three teachers for their quick actions to protect students during the lockdown.
"They were able to quickly enact their emergency procedures and lock the kids down — it's a bit like if we have an intruder at school or something like that we practise that so yeah, they knew what to do and rang the police to seek assistance and the school, and they were amazing," she said.
The parents of the students involved have been notified and the school was in the process of notifying the school community.
Counselling support was also being made available for all involved.
"They [students] were amazing too, they followed the teachers instructions and did what they were asked to do," she said.
"Obviously… some of them were feeling quite upset by what was happening because they could hear the other student and that sort of stuff."
She said the teachers acted according to their risk management plan which was discussed prior to the camp.
"Going on camps is always a risky thing to do because you've got kids out of their comfort zones and away from family and supports," she said.
"When I was a kid these things didn't happen at my school but maybe I was just lucky.
"Before we go on any camp or any excursion we do a risk assessment and they think of all the possible things that could happen.
"When we've got passed the initial crisis management stage then we'll sit down and have a review and a debrief and see if there's any things that we need to change or any other supports that we'll need to put in place."
Mother says her daughter was 'shaken up'
A concerned mother of a student also praised the teachers at the camp but believed the incident could have been treated differently, or possibly prevented.
She said her daughter was a bit shaken up following the incident but didn't have any issues returning to school.
"She had today [Wednesday] off because she was a little bit upset and shaking yesterday but she has no problems going to school," she said.
Police said they were working with the school and local support services to ensure the ongoing safety for all involved.