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A stabbing at an Aberdeen school which led to the death
of a pupil was "potentially predictable and avoidable".
A report into the tragedy at Cults academy revealed it was known that
16-year-old Bailey Gwynne's attacker was carrying a knife -
October 28 last year, a day that will not be
forgotten by those involved, as the lunch break ends at Cults
Academy, two boys of 16 have an argument and then fight.
16-year-old Bailey Gwynne, a single stab wound to the heart
His killer now serving nine years for culpable homicide.
Today the findings of an independent report into what happened,
a picture is painted of an unexceptional argument that
Entirely, in my view, unpredictable, rose very rapidly
from an inconsequential argument that schoolboys might have every
day, a regular argument which suddenly became inflamed.
On events on the day of the stabbing Andrew Lowe says it was an unplanned
spontaneous conflict that emerged rapidly.
It could not have been predicted or averted on the day.
But he says the course of the conflict was fatally altered
This was potentially predictable and avoidable if those
who knew Child A, the killer, carried weapons to school,
The possession of a weapon by one boy was known by some people
and if they had brought it to the attention of teachers,
that may have enabled the event to be avoided.
All of my recommendations are around making sure that in future
we have a better chance of avoiding that.
There are 21 recommendations in the report.
Aberdeen City Council accepts them all.
I am very, very thoughtful about the impact on the well-being
of all children at Cults as a result of what happened, that
has been my focus for the last year, incumbent upon us all to be mindful
and to provide the support, this will prove to be a significant
dramatic event in the life of a number of those children.
Bailey Gwynne's family met with the author
He said they showed remarkable dignity.
Police Scotland revealed today that since the stabbing incident here in
October, 15 knife incidents have been reported in Aberdeen schools.
From now on, when any weapon is found in a school in the city it
will be reported to police. Our reporter Fiona Stalker has
returned to Cults Academy one year on, to see how pupils and staff
there are coping. A memorial tree for Bailey Gwynne -
the willow a powerful symbol of recovery -
something that pupils and staff here at Cults Academy are working on,
memories of October 28 last I was in an English class
overlooking the car park. After the incident there were a lot
of rumours going around, Nobody could have predicted
that from a stab wound. I remember somebody saying
it was a bleeding nose and then so when all that was happening
no-one knew what had actually happened and there was
a lot of confusion. Then the devastating news that
Bailey had died, and then the questions -
had his killer brought knives At his trial, we heard
he had but where? At his trial, we heard he had
but were staff aware? There was an incident
when he was in the second year when I had to interview him,
as with school procedure - myself and another member
of management met with him and he emptied all his bags
and possessions and we had He was well aware of
the consequences and the school rule and indeed the legal situation
about carrying weapons and did not give us any reason to think
that he did not understand that. What happened at this school
is thankfully very rare but the report is calling
for changes to the law which would allow teachers to search
pupils without consent. It is being considered
but some do not agree. We think it would undermine
the teacher-pupil relationship, undermine trust, it would be almost
like being a prison warden If incidents arose, it
could possibly escalate them. And away from the glare of publicity
surrounding the report today, the family and friends
of Bailey Gwynne are quietly finalising plans for a stained-glass
window in his memory. The life and death of the gentle,
considerate young man forever woven New figures show that in recent
years more than one in ten children have started primary school
in Scotland overweight or obese. The statistics come
from Cancer Research UK which is urging the government to do
more to tackle the problem. Mother of three Kirsty Thomasson
wants to make sure that her She found herself four stone
overweight after consuming too much It was when I was in soft play
with my eldest son for his third birthday, I sat down
and my jeans ripped, I was really upset and could not
look at myself in the mirror. She now weighs a much healthier nine
stone, but that is not Cancer Research UK says Scotland
has one of the heaviest It says over the last decade almost
83,000 children have started school Now the charity wants
the Scottish Government to take direct action by restricting
the billboard advertising of junk food and cutting multi-buy
and sensible markets. food and cutting multi-buy
discounts in supermarkets. And cancer prevention specialists
say action is needed right now. We know overweight or obesity
is linked to 13 types of cancer, so unless we help those children
to become healthier in the future we'll have more overweight or obese
adults and that's a real worry. The Scottish Government says it
will consider taking action where it We would give consideration
to the multi-buy. We will look at that
as part of the obesity strategy going forward,
we've already begun to put some consideration into that
but there is obviously very limited We could do things around billboards
in the cinema but TV advertising, Ministers want all parents to help
their children eat healthily. The Queensferry Crossing has
set a new world record Officials from the Guinness Book
of Records have been to the bridge They are incredibly proud
of the record on this bridge for the longest free-standing
balanced structure anywhere Basically, it's like a massive
see-saw centred around that tower in the centre
section here of the bridge. Over here, this is the south
side of the bridge, but what is really quite unnerving,
right here on the very, very end of this section is,
there is the water down there. You can see how much
we are moving up and down. When the wind really picks up,
it can move a meter, Of course, the record will not stand
for very long because this That means that the record is gone,
because it's no longer Right now the record-breaking
centre deck team can brag across the gap to their colleagues
on the southern deck. The record was for Central Tower -
South Tower can't take much It's great to be able to talk
to the guys face-to-face rather than pick up the phone or the radio
you will a the time. than pick up the phone
or the radio all the time. The bridge was meant to be
opened by this December - delays and bad weather have meant
setbacks to the project. Nearly 40 days lost
between June and September. The Scottish Government is confident
it will now be finished After today there will be eight
pieces of deck to come up. There is very important work to be
done in terms of the wind shielding. It should mean it should never be
closed for high winds We have to put a structure, tarmac,
on the structure itself. That will be happening
at a difficult time of the year. We always said we are at
the mercy of the weather. The contractors are assuring us it
will be finished in May next year. Potentially tough times
ahead this winter. Today it was about basking in
the glow of being record-breakers. Scotland suffered their first
World Cup qualifying defeat in Group F as Slovakia
registered their first points. Alasdair Lamonts has just sent
this report from Trnava. You join me inside the news
conference hall at the city arena as we await the appearance of the
Scotland manager, Gordon Strachan. You have to imagine he will be
enormously frustrated after a second poor result in the space of four
days. There was a good deal of controversy about Slovakia's opening
goal. Steven Fletcher looked to have been bodychecked before the host
went forward. An initial header was kept out, but for's powered in the
rebound. Scotland played reasonably well and were still in the game
until more inadequate defender allowed plenty of time and space
inside the pencil -- penalty area for Slovakia to score a second. The
fragility of the visitors defence was shown even more starkly as
Slovakia scored their third. Scotland were emphatically beaten.
The result may be a little harsh on Scotland, but an inability to defend
or scoring goals is a bad mixture and it means the Scots face yet
another failed qualifying campaign. Now it's over to Judith
with the weather outlook At least the beginning of October
mix for the football results. A lovely starch to the month. Things
gradually starting to change as we had through the course of this week.
Here is a beautiful picture of a sunset. As we had through the
overnight period, we will see cloudy skies and eastern outbreaks of
showery rain. Clear skies in the West where it will be chilly.
Tomorrow morning. -- more morning, there is an east-west split.
Sunshine early on in the West, the East more cloudy with more of the
breeze bringing outbreaks of showery rain. First thing tomorrow, where
the sunshine is it will feel on the cool side if not cold. Toward parts
of the West Highlands, maybe an early frost. In the east,
temperatures are bit higher and across the Northern Isles, dry and
bright start with light winds. Staying that way for much of the
day. As for the rest of the morning, we will continue to see cloudy
skies. Cloud starting to increase further west as we have go through
the course of the danger the afternoon. One or two outbreaks of
showery rain though we hold onto clear skies in the west of the
Highlands. Northern Ireland faring well, the west of the UK seem good
sunny spells. We will see some blustery showers running along the
south coast tomorrow underline from linkage to North Wales. More cloud
across the eastern side the country where you will feel the noticeable
easterly, quite keen breeze making it feel cool. Scotland, temperatures
around 11 to 12 degrees in the East, perhaps 14 or 15 across the
north-west. As far as the rest of the afternoon and evening is
concerned, further outbreaks of showery rain feeding in. In the
West, largely dry. That cast-iron area of high pressure is still
there, but we see lower pressure feeding him from the south,
squeezing the isobars, bringing stronger winds. It will be windier
on Thursday with showery rain in the East and dry in the West.
Our next update is during Breakfast at 6.25 tomorrow morning.
But from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow
and around the country - goodnight.