Dec 4, 2017, (Dublin) The Irish Times: Parents complain over ‘excessive’ school suspensions Drogheda school says most of 69 suspensions and expulsions relate to violent behaviour https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/parents-complain-over-excessive-school-suspensions-1.3314352 Latest figures show St Joseph’s Secondary School in Drogheda, Co Louth, suspended pupils on 66 occasions during the 2016/2017 school year and expelled three students. The expulsion rate at the 700-pupil Christian Brothers school is 10 times the national average. Tusla, the child and family agency, has been engaging with the school this year following concerns over the extent of “forced absence punishments”. The school did not respond to media queries last week. However, principal David Madden told The Irish Times earlier this year the vast majority of suspensions related to violent behaviour and the board was informed each month of any suspensions.