Boy, 13, sentenced for knife threat at Bridlington School

Bridlington Magistrates' Court, where the sentencing of the 13-year-old took place.
Bridlington Magistrates' Court, where the sentencing of the 13-year-old took place.

THE impact of violence in video games is to be looked at in the case of a teenage boy arrested for threatening another pupil with a knife at Bridlington School.

The mother of the 13-year-old has been made the subject of a parenting order by a court after allowing her son to play video games for over 18s.

The move comes after the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was brought before Bridlington Magistrates’ Court last Thursday to face charges of affray, harassment and possessing a knife in school.

The boy was arrested at Bridlington School in April of this year after threatening his ex-girlfriend with a knife, which was thought to have been a Swiss army knife.

As previously reported in the Free Press, police were called into the school, on Bessingby Road on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 24.

The boy, who was 12 at the time, was arrested and taken into police custody following allegations of threats made towards another pupil.

He was later released on bail pending further enquiries.

At last week’s youth court hearing the teenager pleaded guilty to a charge of affray, one charge of harassment, and two charges of possessing an article with a blade or sharp article on school premises.

For all four offences the teenager was made the subject of a 12-month Referral Order under which he will be referred to the East Riding Youth Offender Panel.

The court has asked the panel to look at victim awareness, the impact of game or role play, real consequences, and anger management.

The court has also ordered that the boy’s mother attend the meetings with the panel.

For possessing a blade the boy was made the subject of a two-year restraining order under which he is not to communicate with in any way or approach a named witnesses.

The restraining order also states the boy must not 
enter named streets, or Bridlington School Sports College.

A parenting order was taken out in relation to the boy’s mother for a period of one year “due to permitted access to over 18 video games”.

Under the order the mother must engage in a parenting programme when told to do so by a responsible parenting officer.