Vi­o­lence at Weipa school to be in­ves­ti­gated

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

QUEENS­LAND’S ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter has or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into vi­o­lence at a Cape York school af­ter claims stu­dents are arm­ing them­selves with knives.

Other al­le­ga­tions in­clude an at­tempted ham­mer at­tack in the play­ground, and a teacher be­ing choked with a cord.

Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Cameron Dick has or­dered his di­rec­tor-gen­eral to i nves­ti­gate what he s ai d were se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions of vi­o­lence at the West­ern Cape Col­lege at Weipa.

‘‘ This of­fi­cer has the au­thor­ity to take any ac­tion nec­es­sary to re­solve these mat­ters,’’ Mr Dick said.

West­ern Cape Col­lege is a Prep to Year 12 school with a high pop­u­la­tion of in­dige­nous stu­dents.

Par­ent and for­mer teacher Michael Tay­lor said there had been in­ci­dents in­volv­ing chil­dren wield­ing knives, an at­tempted ham­mer at­tack in the school grounds, and a stu­dent ty­ing a cord around a staff mem­ber’s neck.

Mr Tay­lor al­leged the school had been silent about the in­ci­dents and had failed to in­form par­ents.

‘‘ They need to com­mu­ni­cate with par­ents about what’s hap­pen­ing so par­ents can talk to their kids about safety,’’ Mr Tay­lor said.

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