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Is it illegal to have a fake knife in school

Hi.

in my maths class someone had a fake knife. Technically it wasn't a fake knife it was a training knife but it was solid metal and although it was blunt it could still injure or kill somone. The boys in my math class were passing it about saying stuff like shall I cut myself to amuse themselves. The boy who owned it was doing tricks with it and no one threatened anyone. The boy who owned it said it was legal since it wasn't sharp and everyone acted like it was no big deal. But whilst holding it he could easily of killed somone if he wanted. It was only a non sharp training knife but is it legal to bring it too school. Now I'm worried that the other boys will try to show off with a real knife. Thanks.

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Hi there,

It's never a good idea to carry fake weapons anywhere public. Even if it's a toy gun, knife or sword it could easily be mistaken for the real thing and land someone in trouble. There are also lots of toy or fake weapons that could hurt or injure someone. If anyone at school is playing around with anything you think could hurt someone, it's always okay to tell a teacher and let them take care of it.

School should be a safe place where you don't have to worry about being hurt. Remember your teachers want you to be safe, and so anytime there is a chance of someone being hurt they should take it seriously.

It's difficult for me to say whether every fake weapon is illegal or not as it depends on the circumstances. What I can say though is that it's never really worth the risk. A toy weapon can easily panic others or make them anxious. Your school may also treat it the same way as bringing in a real weapon, which could get that person in a lot of trouble. It's also not worth the risk of ignoring it - let your teachers know and they can decide what to do about it.

If you are ever in public and worry someone might have a weapon - don't take any chances. Take yourself to safety then tell an adult you trust or call 999 if you need to.

And remember our counsellors are always here for you if you need someone to talk to.

I hope this answers your question, thanks for writing to me.

Take care.

Sam

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