Revealed: Shocking number of teachers getting the bash from violent students

NewsHub 28 April 2018
Newshub reveals the schools with the most stand-downs for assaults on staff. Credits: Image – Getty; Video – Newshub.

Beaten, bloodied, bashed and bruised – even the classroom isn’t safe as teachers across New Zealand face violent assaults from their own students.
Last year, a shocking 580 primary school students and 119 secondary school students were stood down for assaulting school staff.
Another 27 composite school students and 22 special school students were stood down. A stand-down is the removal of a student for up to five days.
“Many of these children here would have presented with other problems in their lives when they came to school,” New Zealand Principals’ Federation president Whetu Cormick told Newshub.
“Whether they be learning, severe behaviour, mental health issues, or poverty or disadvantage has had an impact on their lives. And also trauma.”

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