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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 March 2007, 13:27 GMT
Head hits out at poor parenting
A London headteacher says poor parenting is to blame for children who turn to knife crime.

Angus Walker, Head of Broomfield School, dismissed suggestions that rap music was behind the apparent increase in attacks using knives.

He told the School Reporters that children went off the rails when they did not get enough attention from their parents.

But he also said that reports about knife crime had exaggerated the problem, which, he said, had been around for years and years.

His remarks caused surprise among school staff - others felt the rap music culture had played a key role in the rise in violence.

Mr Walker's interview will be one of the highlights featured on Broomfield's website.

There will also be a feature on tattoos - after the school caretaker revealed he had 28!

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