100,000 kids kicked out of school

Herald on Sunday Aug 8, 2010

Nearly 100,000 pupils have been stood down or suspended from New Zealand schools for drug use, verbal and physical assaults, latest figures show. Statistics released under the Official Information Act reveal 81,521 students have been stood down and 16,145 suspended from schools since 2007. The Ministry of Education figures show the main reasons include students being disciplined for continual disobedience, physical assaults on other students and verbally assaulting staff members.