More than 40 people have been charged with a number of offences related to the use of bullying as a weapon at schools across the country.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has charged more than 20 people, including a former school principal and a former headteacher, after police said a number had been arrested and charged with serious offences related a range of offences.
It is the largest number of charges for a single offence for bullying in the UK since 2009.
The CPS has been working closely with schools to ensure that students are safe and protected.
It said the charges are the first in the CPS’s ongoing anti-bullying programme.
The charges relate to a range, including two cases where two students were charged with using a weapon to attack another student and three other incidents in which a student was charged with intimidating another student, causing alarm, causing annoyance or harassment and causing harassment.
There have been nine additional cases in which police have received complaints about the use and threat of violence.
The schools in question are all in the West Midlands.
The first two charges against a former principal and former head teacher were withdrawn and charges were withdrawn against two students.
The charge of threatening another student was withdrawn against a student at a secondary school in Merseyside.
The former principal was also charged with causing alarm.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The headteachers were charged for two counts of intimidation, one of causing annoyance, and one of making threats.
In all, 18 people have pleaded not pleas to the charges, which relate to the following offences:Use of a weapon, causing a disturbance, intimidating another person, using a carriage to cause alarm, using or threatening to use a carriage for the purpose of intimidating another.
Police said one of the charges relates to a complaint about a child at a primary school.
The rest relate to incidents where a child was injured or injured a member of the public or was threatened with harm.
They include:Carrying a child in a carriage or carriage area to cause an alarm, making threats, using the carriage to intimidate another person or causing an alarm.
Making a threat, causing an annoyance or causing a distress by sending a text message or email to a person who is not entitled to receive such an email.
Using a carriage in an area of a school to cause or encourage a child to engage in conduct that is prohibited or unlawful.
A person who causes alarm by shouting at a child.
A child being held or subjected to a threat or harassment by a teacher or staff member.
A school official having reasonable grounds to suspect a pupil is under the age of 16.
A parent or guardian having reasonable ground to suspect that a pupil may be under the care of the pupil or may be in danger.
Giving a pupil alcohol or drugs without having a parent or legal guardian present.
Using physical force or threat to cause physical harm to a pupil.
Using verbal threats or harassment to cause the pupil to stop engaging in activities that are prohibited or illegal.
Using an electronic communication device to engage a pupil in an activity that is illegal or unlawful in relation to a prohibited or prohibited activity.
Using force or threats of physical harm or of damaging property to cause a pupil to cease to engage.
Using or threatening force against a pupil on a school premises or in a building to stop a pupil engaging in the prohibited or unauthorised activities.
Using threats of injury or harm against a child who is under 18.
Using violence to cause damage to property to prevent the pupil engaging with prohibited or banned activities.
Engaging in conduct which is unlawful or unlawful and is dangerous or could cause serious harm to another person.
Using the carriage or carrying a child on a carriage, on a path or in or through a building or other place of worship, or in any part of a public place to cause noise or an inconvenience to others.
Engagement in conduct of a sexual nature, whether by means of sexual contact or masturbation, or a sexual act with another person without consent.
Using, threatening or engaging in any act to which children are not entitled by virtue of their age or status.
Engage in conduct prohibited or not permitted under any law of the United Kingdom.
Engag[ing] in an act of violence against a person, or attempt to do so, who is less than 18 years of age.
Engaged in a serious criminal offence.
Engager in sexual activity.
Conduct that is unlawful in the circumstances in which it occurs.
Engages in an unauthorise conduct that may lead to a serious offence or a charge for an offence under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
The offences have been handed up to the CPS, who are working closely to identify, investigate and prosecute any further offences.CPS chief executive Mark Rowley said:This is a complex investigation involving the CPS and the police forces and the Crown Prosecutions Service and will continue to be a priority for us in the years ahead.
The investigation into the school bullying issue has seen an increase