E-breaches on trend
Public school students were handed more than 2000 suspensions last year for offences such as cyber bullying, using mobile phones to film fights or sharing hateful or inappropriate material online.
Latest school suspension figures obtained from the Education Department include the new category of “e-breaches” for the first time. They show that more than 2118 suspension notices were issued to students last year for unacceptable behaviour while using social media or electronic devices.
The data shows that more than 12,598 students were suspended for offences ranging from breaking school rules to physical assault, compared with 13,365 in 2015.