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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 November, 2003, 18:03 GMT
Schoolboy expelled for knife threat
A 12-year-old boy has been expelled from school after holding a knife to a pupil's throat.

The boy threatened a 12-year-old girl with a pen knife as she waited outside a classroom.

The incident took place on Tuesday at Whitgift School, in Grimsby.

A spokesman for Humberside Police confirmed an investigation was underway and added: "We are treating this matter very seriously."

'Copycat attack'

Head teacher Dr Sheila Kaye told BBC News Online the boy had been permanently excluded from the 1,100 pupil school within a couple of hours of the incident.

Dr Kaye admitted the attack in her school had come as a surprise and said: "It makes us wonder why a student without a record of misbehaviour would do it except as a copycat.

"We, of course, take this very seriously indeed.

"The intent of the boy doesn't matter. You cannot give people another chance in a situation like this."

The victim is due to return to school on Friday.

The incident occurred a week after Lincolnshire schoolboy Luke Walmsley died from a stab wound to the heart.




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