Weapons like knives, meat cleavers - even an axe - have been seized in schools across the region over the last three years. Tonight we can exclusively reveal how police have dealt with dozens of offences involving weapons in schools - with children as young as 13 being arrested.
Hundreds of pupils have also been excluded. It comes after a teacher was stabbed to death at a school in Yorkshire.
Sarah Cooper has been to meet Rhyce Pope, who left the Oasis Academy on the Isle of Sheppey, who's been home-schooled for the last nine months, because he was too scared to go back into the classroom.
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