Schools call for panic but­tons

Pilbara News - - News - Bethany Hi­att

Pri­mary school prin­ci­pals want panic but­tons linked to po­lice sta­tions in­stalled in ev­ery WA public school to com­bat vi­o­lence from par­ents.

The call from the WA Pri­mary Prin­ci­pals’ As­so­ci­a­tion comes as fig­ures from a na­tion­wide sur­vey re­leased last week re­veal nearly one in two WA prin­ci­pals were threat­ened by par­ents or stu­dents in the past year.

Four in 10 school lead­ers were the vic­tims of phys­i­cal at­tacks, rang­ing from be­ing kicked or punched while break­ing up fights, to se­ri­ous assaults re­quir­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment.

The re­port said per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence in pri­mary schools were more likely to be par­ents, but stu­dents were the main in­sti­ga­tors in high schools.

The Aus­tralian Prin­ci­pal Oc­cu­pa­tional Health, Safety and Well­be­ing Sur­vey showed the num­ber of WA prin­ci­pals re­port­ing phys­i­cal at­tacks had risen nearly 20 per cent since 2011. Threats of vi­o­lence rose from 4147 per cent.

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