Pupil charged after taking a knife into Broch school

Fraserburgh Academy
Fraserburgh Academy

A teenager has been charged by police after bringing a knife into Fraserburgh Academy.

There were no injuries during the incident and police were said to have taken “swift action” after it was reported to teachers.

It is understood that the knife was a box cutter with a serrated blade.

A police spokesperson said: “Following an incident on Wednesday, March 9, Police Scotland can confirm that a pupil has been charged.”

Aberdeenshire Council head of secondary education, Vincent Docherty, said the issue was being treated “very seriously given recent incidents in schools”, citing the death of Bailey Gywnne last year in which a teenager was found guilty of culpable homicide recently.

“We are working closely with colleagues in Police Scotland in relation to an incident involving an offensive weapon being brought into Fraserburgh Academy,” he said. “Swift action was taken by the school, no one was harmed and the matter is being investigated.”

Mr Docherty highlighted that a series of assemblies were held with police officers before Christmas to “reinforce the message that it is against the law to carry a weapon”.

He added: “The safety of every pupil and member of staff within Aberdeenshire schools is of paramount importance.

“Whilst these incidents are rare, as the majority of our pupils are well behaved, we are not complacent.

“Any behaviour that threatens the safety of our school communities will not be tolerated.”