Extra training to combat school violence
Gilmore College had two lockdowns and 38 students were suspended for physical aggression during Term 1 this year, the Telegraph can reveal.
The statistics come on the back of Bree Lebrun telling her story of being assaulted earlier this month, with her attacker suspended for a week as punishment. The Department of Education said suspending students guilty of violence was “a firm approach” against bullying.
In Term 1 of 2016, 44 students were suspended for violence, with 42 suspended in the same period in 2017.
Education Minister Sue Ellery said the Government was preparing extra training for teachers at schools across the State. “No- body at school should be subject to that level of violence, and that’s why we’ll invest $1.2 million in the Keeping Our Workplace Safe program,” she said.
“As part of the negotiations with the Teachers’ Union, we have reached in-principle agreement on updating the program, which will see training rolled out to 1600 staff in public schools on how to counter violence and respond quickly.
“Violence has no place in our schools and we need to have a broader conversation with parents and the community about what is reasonable behaviour.”
National Centre Against Bullying senior adviser Sandra Craig said a holistic approach was needed. “Addressing bullying must begin with prevention — through the creation of respect- ful, inclusive and supportive school cultures, characterised by good relationships between teachers, students, parents, leaders and support staff,” she said.
eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said bullying and cyberbullying had devastating effects on young people.
“Young people should know they are not alone, and that there is help available. Don’t be afraid to speak to a parent or trusted adult about what’s going on, online or offline,” she said.
“Parents should also ensure their children know they can come to them if something goes wrong online, and that they will support them.” Tell us what you think. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a letter.