As­sault in school

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Teen charged with at­tack

South La­nark­shire’s head of ed­u­ca­tion con­firmed the coun­cil is fully com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing safe en­vi­ron­ments for pupils and staff - after a teenager went into a Ruther­glen sec­ondary school and al­legedly as­saulted a teacher.

Anne Don­ald­son spoke out after a 14-year-old youth was ar­rested for push­ing a teacher at Trin­ity High School on Septem­ber 28. The in­truder en­tered the school grounds with­out per­mis­sion at 2.50pm and con­fronted the 29-year-old staff mem­ber.

Fol­low­ing the at­tack the youth, who is not be­lieved to be a pupil at Trin­ity, fled the scene but was later caught by po­lice and ar­rested.

He was fur­ther charged with as­sault and breach of the peace.

Ms Don­ald­son said: “The coun­cil is fully com­mit­ted to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of all pos­si­ble mea­sures to en­sure our es­tab­lish­ments pro­vide safe en­vi­ron­ments for our pupils and staff.

“This was an iso­lated in­ci­dent in Trin­ity High School on Septem­ber 28.”

Ear­lier this year it was re­vealed there have been 9,543 re­ported at­tacks on teach­ers in Scot­land since the be­gin­ning of the 2014/15 school year, av­er­ag­ing 3.6 at­tacks per school.

The fig­ures came to light after the Scot­tish Lib­eral Democrats made a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest in Jan­uary.

How­ever, the real num­ber is likely to be much higher as Aberdeen­shire, East Loth­ian, Falkirk, Mid­loth­ian and North La­nark­shire coun­cils all failed to pro­vide fig­ures.

And the statis­tics also sug­gested a wor­ry­ing up­ward trend, with 3,572 as­saults in 2014/15 in­creas­ing to 3,681 in 2015/16.

A spokes­woman for The Ed­u­ca­tional Institute of Scot­land (EIS), the largest teach­ing union in Scot­land, warned schools must pro­vide a safe work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for teach­ers and pupils.

She con­tin­ued: “In the rare in­stances where vi­o­lent in­ci­dents do oc­cur we would al­ways ad­vise teach­ers to re­port the mat­ter for­mally to man­age­ment and to in­volve the po­lice.”

In­spec­tor Robert Bryce, of Ruther­glen Po­lice Sta­tion, said: “The 14-year-old was ar­rested in re­la­tion to as­sault and dis­or­der and was sub­se­quently re­ported to the chil­dren’s panel.”

As­sault The teenager en­tered the school grounds with­out per­mis­sion

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