Police called in after threat claims during Sunderland school’s Flamingo Land trip

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A police probe has been launched after claims a Sunderland schoolboy threatened another student on a day out at Flamingo Land.

Bosses at Venerable Bede Church of England Academy, in Ryhope, contacted police because of “the seriousness of the allegations” made following a trip by Year 9 pupils to the theme park and zoo, near Malton, in North Yorkshire.

Sign for the Venerable Bede School, Ryhope.

Sign for the Venerable Bede School, Ryhope.

Part of the probe will be to establish whether a weapon was used in the alleged assault.

A spokesman for the school said: “We can confirm that an incident occurred during a school trip to Flamingo Land on Thursday, July 9, involving two students and two student witnesses from the academy.

“We can also confirm that we have involved the police.

“We became aware of some of the details of this incident during Friday afternoon and acted immediately to understand the full extent of what happened and to ensure that there was no risk to other students.

We will not condone or accept any form of bullying or intimidation.

Venerable Bede Church of England Academy spokesman

“At this point we also took steps to contact parents of those involved and have kept them informed.

“We concluded our fact-finding on the next day of school, at which point we involved the police as the seriousness of the allegations became clear.

“We will not condone or accept any form of bullying or intimidation.”

One mum, whose son was on the trip for the 13 and 14-year-olds, said her boy had been “shell shocked” by what happened and said she was angry she had not been told about the incident by the school.

“I’m absolutely shocked and I’m scared about the implications,” she added. “I can’t believe it.

“They were going around on their own, and I have no issue with that, but it’s not something you expect to happen.

“Some parents are going to call the school, because we’ve not heard anything from them and I’m stunned to be honest.

“We want some reassurance this won’t happen again.”

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “On Monday, police were called to a report than a teenage boy had been threatened by a fellow pupil on a school trip to Flamingo Land on Thursday, July 9.

“Officers are working with the school and the children’s parents to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

No one from Flamingo Land was available for comment.