Kids at a Dundee primary school have been cutting themselves with blades as part of a dangerous new craze.
Letters were issued to parents of youngsters at Craigowl Primary in St Mary’s about the challenge, advising them that some children at the school have been self-harming.
The craze — which appears to have started in America — sees the child with the deepest cuts being declared the winner.
One parent at the school said parents were issued with a letter regarding “self-harm games” by the school headteacher, Euan Smith.
In the letter, Mr Smith said that a similar challenge involving kids sticking pins into their lips has also been brought to the school’s attention.
Speaking to the Tele, the parent said: “Tayside as a whole is suffering from a rise in teen self-harming. It now appears it’s made a route to primary schools and the education department is having to warn of the dangers.
“In my dealings with the school, I’ve heard kids as young as nine discussing these self-harm games. It is my understanding the letter has been sent to parents of pupils in primary five, six and seven.
“At the moment, there is a real mix of emotions among parents — very angry, worried, shocked — about the ongoing situation at the school.
Strathmartine councillor Stewart Hunter urged parents to contact the school if they had any concerns.
He said: “It is obviously concerning to hear kids are self-harming.
“I know the school and the staff very well and the staff will be taking the appropriate action.
“Any parents with concerns should contact the school immediately.
“I would urge parents to keep staff at the school aware of any ongoing situations that are taking place outwith the school gates.”
Dundee City Council’s education convener Gregor Murray said parents and carers will be “rightly worried for their children”.
He said: “We have a robust set of guidelines in place for staff and parents in terms of online safety, but we all have to be ever-vigilant.
“If parents have any concerns at all, their headteachers will be more than happy to discuss this with them.”