Rotorua Daily Post 10 July 2013
Violent students should be removed from mainstream schools until they are fit to go back, a Rotorua high school principal says.
The comments follow a Council for Educational Research 2012 report which found 22 per cent of all secondary teachers have felt unsafe in their own classrooms and 33 per cent in the school grounds and public areas.
The lower the school’s decile, the more unsafe teachers felt and the worse students’ behaviour became.
The report also found that a further 60 per cent of teachers had faced bad behaviour from pupils that seriously disrupted their teaching.
While Rotorua had its “fair share” of anti-social and violent students, John Paul College principal Patrick Walsh said the behaviour wasn’t learnt at school.
The behaviour normally came from a dysfunctional family, he said. “It needs intervention from social services and from mental health workers to deal with the family because often they’re the cause.
“Don’t expect the school to solve it on its own.”