A TEENAGE boy has been arrested by police at a Hartlepool school after being caught carrying a knife.
Police were called to the town secondary school after reports that the school pupil had a knife in his pocket.
Officers arrested the youngster at the school on Wednesday on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
He has since been released on bail pending further police inquiries.
It comes just weeks after teacher Ann Maguire died of multiple stab wounds after an alleged attack at a school in Leeds.
The headteacher of the school involved, which can not be named for legal reasons, said: “I can confirm that a student was arrested in college yesterday on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
“At the time no other students were present.
“A member of staff saw what he believed to be a knife and the police were called immediately. No-one was threatened or harmed. The college is assisting the police with its investigation.”
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Following a report from a school in Hartlepool, officers attended and arrested a boy on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
“He has been released on bail pending further investigation.
“Inquiries are ongoing.”
The issue of young school pupils carrying weapons hit national headlines when Mrs Maguire died following an alleged attack by a pupil at Corpus Christi Catholic College, where she had worked for more than 40 years.
The Mail reported last month how more than 150 pupils were kicked out of school in Hartlepool for attacking and threatening staff in the space of just two years.
A total of 153 students were temporarily excluded from town schools before being later allowed to return between 2010-12.
Eleven Hartlepool secondary school pupils were handed fixed-term exclusions for physically assaulting staff in school in the academic year 2011-12.
A further 67 were kicked out for verbally abusing and threatening behaviour towards staff.
No one was permanently excluded for attacks on teachers.
But that was up on the previous school year when a total of 57 pupils were temporarily excluded from Hartlepool’s primary, secondary and special schools for verbal and physical attacks against adults.