Last night in Auchterarder, local parents were horrified to receive a call from their children asking for help because there were youths threatening them with a knife.
A small group of primary children were chased by a group of youths to the point that they ran into a local shop for safety. Whilst taking shelter in the shop, the youths revealed a knife they had hidden on their person and threatened the terrified schoolboys.
One of the schoolboys had called a family member to come and remove them from the situation, fearing for their safety. When he arrived on the scene and confronted the youths, they denied possession of a deadly weapon.
Thankfully there was a police car in the vicinity and the family member asked for help. On searching the boys, the police found the knife in their possession.
What beggars belief is that these youths were taken home to their parents and it would seem that no further action was taken.
When the family member who had been called to rescue his terrified child checked with police this morning, he was told that nothing further was to be done. Seemingly the youths were from a good family and had assured police that this would not happen again.
Would they be saying this if one of the children had been stabbed?
The mother of one of the threatened children told Lang Toon Times of her horror at hearing about the incident. “The biggest shock was receiving the phone call from one of the other parents to say that my son had been threatened by someone with a knife. This is not something that you expect to hear about primary school pupils in Auchterarder. To then find out that police are ignoring it because those threatening the children were from “good families” makes us feel that our children are being treated as second class citizens. These youths were walking about with a weapon that could have caused life changing injuries, they threatened young children with the weapon. Why is this being ignored?”
Thankfully there were no injuries at this time but this is a worrying incident for parents throughout the area.
Media reports show knife crime is increasing throughout the country and teenagers are dying on an almost weekly basis because of this. To have this threat in our community is terrifying and something that should be dealt with to prevent further incidents as much as possible. To have it treated as if nothing happened is an insult to those poor children and their obviously distraught parents.
Whether the knife was big or small, whether the perpetrator comes from a good home or not such a good home, whether they intended using the knife or not, none of this matters. What matters is that these youths deliberately took a knife on the streets and threatened children with it. This premeditated act should not be ignored.