Limerick school launches investigation after knife produced during fight between pupils

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A DISCIPLINARY investigation is taking place at a West Limerick secondary school after a knife was produced during a fight between two pupils.

A DISCIPLINARY investigation is taking place at a West Limerick secondary school after a knife was produced during a fight between two pupils.

The incident involving two boys took place outside Colaiste Ide agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale earlier this month.

It is understood that during the course of scuffle, which happened off school property outside the main gate on the Convent Street, one of the boys produced a knife.

The boys involved sustained minor injuries, none of which were thought to have been caused by the knife. No complaint about the incident has so far been made to the local gardai.

Colaiste Ide agus Iosef principal, Jim Tierney, told the Limerick Leader that both boys were suspended from school after the fight and an internal investigation is under way.

It is not yet known if the boy who produced the knife carried it with him during school classes that day.

Mr Tierney said that the parents of both boys were written to and asked to come in and speak with school officials. The parents of one of the boys did come in, and as such their son has returned to full classes.

However, Mr Tierney said that the parents of the other boy have failed to engage with the investigation, despite the school “repeatedly writing to them”.

Their son remains suspended from school, he added.

Mr Tierney said that once the school has concluded its investigation, the board will decide what further disciplinary action will be taken. The school has not ruled out the possibility of expulsions.

One parent of a Colaiste Ide agus Iosef student, who contacted the Limerick Leader but wished to remain nameless, said that parents are “concerned” at the possibility that the student had a knife on him during classes.