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Weapons, marijuana found in K-12 students’ backpacks across north-central Vietnamese province

Weapons, marijuana found in K-12 students’ backpacks across north-central Vietnamese province

Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 19:00 GMT+7
Weapons, marijuana found in K-12 students’ backpacks across north-central Vietnamese province
This supplied photo shows weapons and non-educational items found in K-12 students’ backpacks in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam.

Police in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam said that they confiscated numerous types of weapons and a small amount of marijuana, along with some other dangerous items from K-12 students’ backpacks across the province.

More than 3,000 police officers recently checked 631 middle schools, high schools, and vocational schools in Thanh Hoa Province to assess the compliance of 166,997 students with the law within the schooling environment in response to the escalating issues of school violence, alcohol and addictive substance use, as well as underage driving.

Officers also inspected 773 beverage and food stores near schools and more than 4,000 vehicles used by K-12 students.

As a result, the police force seized various items, including 152 knives and scissors of different types, 27 nunchucks, a three-section staff, iron tubes, wooden sticks, 24 dangerous items like plastic guns, plastic knives, pepper spray, and homemade electric batons, along with 23 pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, and hammers.

They also found 91 e-vaporizers, 16 bottles of e-liquids, 10 packs of cigarettes, cannabis, five slingshots capable of shooting bullets, 36 iron balls, and numerous other non-educational items such as playing cards, lighters, nail clippers with knives, and hacksaws in students’ backpacks.

In addition, 392 underage students were found riding motorbikes with a cylinder volume over 50 cc, which are only for people at least 18 years of age.

A total of 79 shops in close proximity to schools were found engaging in the trade of goods of unknown origin.

The police force promptly initiated discussions with the students to verify and obtain further information. 

Simultaneously, they collaborated with schools and families to raise students’ awareness of the issues of school violence, alcohol and addictive substance use, and underage driving.

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Bao Anh - Nguyen Bao / Tuoi Tre News

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