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(New Zealand) "Alarming rise" in assaults by students against teachers

Nov 4, 2017, (New Zealand) Otago Daily Times: School Assaults Rise https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/school-assaults-rise An alarming rise in the number of Otago school pupils being disciplined for physical or verbal assaults on staff and fellow pupils has the Ministry of Education concerned. Regional figures released by the ministry under the Official Information Act show stand-downs and suspensions for physical assaults on other pupils increased from 139 to 218 (56.8%) and 10 to 14 (40%) respectively between 2015 and 2016. Physical assaults on staff resulted in 64 stand-downs (52.4% increase) and 10 suspensions (66.7% increase) over the same time frame. Stand-downs increased 36.4% for verbal assault on other pupils; 15.6% for verbal assault on teaching staff and there was a 33.3% increase in suspensions for verbal assault on teaching staff.... "We are concerned that the number of stand-downs and suspensions has increased in Otago compared with 2015.... He said the ministry was aware difficult behaviour could hinder learning and disrupt school life, so in the past financial year it had spent $95 million, over and above special education grants, on behaviour assistance for about 10,000 children....