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School calls police after boy, 9, uses broken ruler as sword

OVERREACTION: Nine-year-old Kyron Bradley was spoken to by officers at George's Bickley CE Primary School in Kent [PHOTO CREDIT: The Telegraph]

A "DISGUSTED" mother broke down into tears when she found out that a school had called the police to talk to her nine-year-old son after he was playing around with a broken ruler.

Police reprimanded the young schoolboy for using a broken ruler as a sword in a playground games of 'knights and dragons'.

Kyron Bradley was spoken to by officers at George's Bickley CE Primary School, Bromley, Kent, reported The Telegraph.

Kyron's mother Natasha, 27, burst into tears when she learned the news.

Two days earlier, she'd gone into school to meet with the head teacher following complaints Kyron had used a broken ruler in the playground as a weapon.

During the meeting, Bradley, a carer, said her son explained he had been playing a chasing game with two other boys involving pretend swords.

She said: "We explained to my son it was a stupid game to play as he could have fallen with the ruler.

"He cried but he understood."

Bradley said she thought the matter had been dealt with following the initial meeting with the headteacher until she was told the police had been asked to speak with Kyron.

She added: "I had already dealt with him myself. Why the police were involved I haven't a clue.

"I was so disgusted with the way he was being dealt with I burst out crying."

She continued: "I am quite a strict parent.

"I am not saying my child is an angel but he has never been in trouble for anything more than being a bit chatty."

Bradley said she has made a formal complaint to the school following the incident.

Headteacher Geraldine Shackleton said: "I am expected to use my judgement and act appropriately to ensure children and staff in my school are safe.

"It would not be appropriate to discuss individual situations but in general terms schools work closely with local police as a matter of routine to gain help and guidance in these matters.

She added: "Sometimes having a gentle conversation with children, with parents or guardians present, can help young people fully understand possible consequences of actions they have taken or have indicated they may take in the future.

"The whole school takes the responsibility to keep children safe very seriously."

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