HUNDREDS of children have been barred from Kirklees schools for drugs and alcohol offences in the past five years.
Figures show that 316 young people have been either expelled or excluded from their classes for substance misuse.
Some of the cases include:
* A seven-year-old girl barred from her primary school for three weeks for a substance misuse incident.
* An 11-year-old boy being excluded from his middle school for a week following a dinnertime drink binge.
* A 15-year-old who took a airgun into school as well as using illegal substances.
* A 16-year-old who was spotted dealing class A drugs - a category which includes cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine - to two other pupils. He was suspended for more than eight weeks.
Of the 316 incidents, only 15 students, all at secondary school, were expelled completely.
In one incident, an 11-year-old boy took a haul of weapons and fake drugs kit into school and was sent home for three days.
In another school a boy aged 13 was sent home for one day for extorting money from other students and being accused of drug dealing.
Ten of the incidents involved children of middle and primary school age.
The majority of these incidents involved the use of alcohol.
In one, a 10-year-old had been drinking at lunchtime before displaying "inappropriate" behaviour to fellow students .
He was barred from class for five days.
Kirklees school improvement officer Graham Hofman said both positives and negatives could be taken from the figures.
He said: "I am positive about the changes over the years.
"Schools are now more willing to ask for support and are more willing to say they may have an issue."
Mr Hofman said schools co-operated more with agencies such as Drugsense and the police to help tackle the problem.
But he added: "The ideal situation would be that kids aren't using illicit substances."
Mr Hofman said he believed the situation in Kirklees was average for the majority of towns around the country.
He added: "Parents need to be aware of what they can do.
"They can find out about drug issues through national helplines, such as Frank.
"If they have children at primary school they should take the opportunity to take part in the SPICED education programme which educates kids about such issues.
"The more information parents have the better prepared they will be."