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Laban

It's worse than that. They seem to have given up on culture and morality.

Kids get drunk and kick a guy to death ? Ah yes - the problem is the easy availability of alcohol to teenagers.

Kids getting stabbed ? Find a way to stop them carrying knives.

I guess it's much easier to install a netal detector than to start asking questions about why an increasing number (still a small number though) of young people think it's OK to 'shank' someone or kick them to death.

Thirty odd years back most boys at my school carried a knife. Didn't occur to us to use them on each other.

And wasn't a sheath knife in the belt part of Scout uniform ? Without mass slaughter at St George's day parades ?

Griswold

The 'professionals' will deposit the knife in the schoolyard or some other convenient hiding place and collect after lessons.

The knife attacks mostly take place outside of school premises.

This is just headline 'something must be done'tokenism.

James Schneider

Absurd. Why can't we leave kids alone. Like the fingerprinting in the Holland Park School.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/08/29/school_fingerprints_students/

dearieme

You, as a Marxist, may well agree with me that the only thing that we could usefully learn from the Bolsheviks is how to deal with feral children. They were good at that.

kio

In general I agree. Situation is Moscow, Russia is similar and similar measures are being planned. The problem is that the next natural step of your offer is to remove police from the streets. Everything is applicable as you have proposed.

Tom Freeman

7. Potential for kids to screw other kids over by slipping knives into their bags before they go through.

Ian Bertram

8. Potential for general mayhem as kids try to find out how big a piece of metal they can slip in before the detector finds it on a general buggeration principle
9. All sorts of non-metallic substitutes will be found and used.

Matt Munro

Good post. I disagree with number 4 though, labelling theory is in my view, utter tosh.
Also bring back hanging, and the birtch, and national service, get the little buggers breaking rocks in the hot sun like the man Joe Strummer said. Whats needed is a return to good old fahioned authoritarianism, Iron Fist in the Iron glove and all that.

Toodle pip, time for my tablets.

redpesto

"The real criminals will either switch from knives to less detectable weapons such as acid or pepper sprays, or simply not turn up to school."

Or simply have edged weapons made out of wood or plastic. (I'm assuming the Home Office doesn't watch any prison dramas?)

Mark Edwards

If we stopped being a society of victims then there would be no stabbings!

Slowjoe

Metal detectors are actually magnetisable metal detectors.

Use a non-ferous metal blade and you'll be fine. May not hold a cutting edge as well, but fine for puncture wounds.

tin whiskers

Hi,
I guess it's much easier to install a netal detector than to start asking questions about why an increasing number (still a small number though) of young people think it's OK to 'shank' someone or kick them to death.

Marlene Affeld

What a sorry state of affairs - a dangerous and threatening world for our children to grow up in - the world was simpler and kinder when I was a child.

אייקידו

I think just another site, where the government is iron fist arguments with contempt and suspicion.

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