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Primary school children caught with cannabis in playground

Teachers confiscated class B drug and school says it was an isolated incident

Gabriel Samuels
Wednesday 25 May 2016 10:23 BST
The children will not be suspended
The children will not be suspended (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Two eight-year-old children have been found carrying cannabis in their school playground.

Police were called to Bedlington Station Primary in north-east England when teachers found the two year 4 pupils had a small quantity of the class B drug.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said the drug had been confiscated and that no official investigations would be launched to find where the cannabis came from.

A statement on the school’s Facebook page read: “A member of staff reacted quickly and confiscated the substance.

“We notified the police immediately and convened a meeting with the pupils and their parents to try and understand how this could have happened.

“This was an isolated incident. There was no attempt to consume the substance on school premises and our staff responded in absolutely the right way in their handling of the situation.”

 The pupils at Bedlington Primary Scxhool will not be suspended
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The pupils in question will not be suspended from their studies over the incident, according to headmaster Carl Sutherland.

He told the Evening Chronicle: “We would like to reassure parents that we have robust policies in place for incidents such as this, and these were followed to the letter by our staff.”

“We will be running additional information sessions on keeping children safe to make sure everybody gets the message.”

Between 2011 and 2015, illegal drugs were seized from school premises in the area on more than 50 occasions according to data from Durham police.

The Independent has contacted Bedlington Station Primary for further comment.

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