Paeroa schools refuse to enrol violent boy

Radio NZ 13 April 2016
Family First Comment: “Manurewa East School principal Phil Palfrey said schools were seeing more children with disruptive and violent behaviour than ever before. “I hate it when you hear one generation says the next generation’s awful. But it just seems anecdotally, we’ve had more six- to eight-year-old boys out of control than I’ve seen for a number of years.””
No surprises.
Schools in the north Waikato town of Paeroa are again refusing to enrol a child because of his violent behaviour.
The nine-year-old boy was suspended from Miller Avenue School in the final quarter of 2015 after incidents including assaults on children and violence and verbal abuse toward his teacher aide.
He was supposed to return in late February, but by this month that still had not happened because the school, and others in the area, would not take him without more support for managing his behaviour. Instead, he is being taught by the Northern Health School.
The case is not the first time a Paeroa school has refused to teach a child. In 2013 Paeroa Central School refused to enrol an 11-year-old who had assaulted a teacher, prompting the Ministry of Education to consider dismissing its board of trustees.
Miller Avenue School principal Kaye Ferguson would not go into details of the case. She said Paeroa did not have more problem children than other areas, but its schools needed more help to work with the most difficult cases.
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