Violence at Weipa school to be investigated
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.