Speaking about the consequences for pupils who bring a weapon to school, General Secretary Larry Flanagan said,

"Schools and local authorities generally have robust procedures which make clear to all pupils the serious consequences of carrying any type of potential weapon and the EIS is clear that a zero tolerance approach should be taken to incidents involving violence or the threat of violence, with police involvement being sought under these circumstances.  The focus should continue to be on building positive relationships in school and ensuring that students are aware of the dangers associated with carrying weapons."