Two students from a primary school in Rickmansworth were excluded for two days after they were found with a knife, RickyNews can reveal.
The father of one of the students at Maple Cross JMI School said he was amazed at the punishment handed down to the pair.
He commented: “I think at such a young age children should be educated about the seriousness of what happened and not excluded. We are dealing with very innocent behaviour and wild imaginations in this particular incident.
“The school were under the impression that this was pre-meditated which we feel is completely wrong. They both did not think and were not really aware of how serious this could be. I agree schools should adopt a tough stance in the current climate but taking a child out of school is not going to change things. Discussing about what happened with the whole school would be a better punishment.
“Schools that do not exclude completely understand that you can’t scare the fearless. They truly understand that a relationship with the child is more important. They also understand that some children do follow the rules in school but others follow the people.”
Hannah Trickett, headteacher at the school, confirmed the students involved were excluded.
She said: “The safety and welfare of our students is of paramount importance to us and thankfully incidents like this are extremely rare. Along with all Hertfordshire schools, we have very robust procedures in place to deal with security and safety issues.
“The decision to exclude those involved is fair and appropriate to ensure they understand the seriousness of their actions and so that pupils and staff at our school can continue to feel safe.”