Police called to remove unknown teenager from Hornchurch school
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A headteacher has appealed for calm after reports of a stabbing at a school falsely circulated on social media.
Val Masson, of The Albany, Broadstone, Hornchurch, spoke exclusively to the Recorder to explain the incident that had worried parents.
She said an unknown teenager entered the school grounds without permission towards the end of school this afternoon, and refused to leave.
“We were not sure who he was or why he was here,” said Ms Masson.
“There was no aggression just a flat refusal to leave.”
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Teachers politely repeated requests for the teenager to leave the school premises.
Ms Masson has now written a letter to parents, which states: “[The teenager] was unarmed and did not exhibit any threatening behaviour to students or staff.
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“His refusal to leave led us to call the police, who then removed him from the school site.”
Brazenly, when police arrived the youngster still refused to leave the school.
“It was more showing off,” continued Ms Masson.
“The kids got excited because the police had to grab the kid and put him into the back of a police van.
“The kid had no weapon and no aggressive intention.”
For safety reasons, Albany pupils were then directed to leave the school via a side entrance.
“You will appreciate that our students’ safety is of the utmost importance to us,” continued the headteacher.
“We are content that the matter was dealt with swiftly in accordance with our safeguarding policy.”
Ms Masson assured parents that there was no risk to any pupil at any time.
“Our staff dealt with it fantastically,” she added.
A police spokeswoman said the teenager was aged approximately 17 or 18.
“The male was arrested for breach of the peace, resisting arrest and an offence under section 547 of the Education Act 1996,”
“The safety of pupils was [not] at risk at any time.
The school will be open as normal tomorrow.