Knife scare at Mackie

Mackie Academy
Mackie Academy

A 13 year-old Mackie Academy pupil has been suspended from school and charged by police following an incident with a knife at Mackie Academy.

The revelation comes just a week after the shocking death of 16 year-old Cults Academy pupil Bailey Gwynne, who died after an incident within the city school on Wednesday October 28.

A 16 year-old boy has been charged in relation to the death. He appeared in court in private last Friday and is due to appear in court for the second time this Friday (November 6).

It is understood that the incident at Mackie Academy occurred within a Home Economics classroom, and a knife was not taken into the school by a pupil. No one is thought to have been hurt.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 13-year-old boy has been charged and will be reported to the Youth Justice Management Unit in relation to an incident involving a knife at Mackie Academy on Thursday, 27 August, 2015”.

The Mearns Leader understands that the boy involved has not returned to school since that time, and there are no immediate plans for him to return to Mackie Academy.

A spokesperson for Aberdeenshire Council said it could not comment on individual cases.

Speaking in Aberdeen this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the Scottish government would not rule out introducing new measures to protect staff and pupils in schools, but also warned that there shouldn’t be a “knee-jerk reaction” to recent events.