A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy was excluded from a Huddersfield school for a day after an alleged playground incident in which he had a knife.
Now a school and Kirklees education department investigation is under way after the alleged incident at Moldgreen Community Primary School.
There were claims by some parents that the boy threatened other children with a penknife.
But a Kirklees Council education officer today denied it had been a threatening incident.
Education officer Phil Craig said the boy's actions were "unacceptable" but denied it had been threatening.
He said: "The boy did bring a penknife in to school and was showing it to other children, but not in a vindictive way.
"He was told off and sent home and excluded from school on Friday as an example. A school is not a place for a knife. The school has treated it very seriously and he was excluded."
The incident is alleged to have happened last Thursday in the playground of the school, in temporary buildings off Lister Street.
The boy was suspended during Friday, but was set to be allowed back to school today .
Parents of other children remain concerned. Parents say they were kept in the dark about the incident and feel the punishment is not severe enough.
One man, whose granddaughter goes to the school, said his daughter was thinking of keeping her children at home until she received assurances that they would be safe at school.
Mrs Louise Thomas, whose five- year-old daughter Olivia attends the school, found out about the incident from a friend shortly afterwards.
Mrs Thomas, of Ravensknowle Road, Moldgreen, rang the school and had the facts confirmed.
She said: "I was gobsmacked because there is no bullying and it is a wonderful school. But it is a very serious incident and they only put him out of school for a few hours.
"They are only young children and don't realise, but, because of that, the consequences could have been worse."
Mrs Thomas did not send Olivia to school on Friday and does not plan to until she has received more assurances from the school.
She said: "I want to be 100% sure she's safe and this has not been swept under the carpet.
"It comes to something when seven-year-olds are running around with knives. Don't parents go through their children's bags?"