Schools call for panic buttons
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.