Rotorua Daily Post 18th August 2009

A Rotorua principal has threatened to ban students for up to five school days if they are caught swearing in class or at teachers. In a new tough stand, Rotorua Lakes High School principal Bruce Walker has put students on notice – if they swear or act in a disrespectful way, they face being stood down. The school is yet to stand anyone down for these reasons but wants to put a stop to any potential bad behaviour early. A stand down is the formal removal of a student by a principal for a set period. It cannot be for more than five school days. The school’s stance has won praise locally from people who work with youth and say swearing is a form of violence.