Jan 18, 2018, (UK) Belfast Telegraph: More than 500 students suspended for attacks on staff in one year https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/more-than-500-students-suspended-for-attacks-on-staff-in-one-year-36504957.html New figures have shown more than 500 students were suspended in a year for physical attacks on staff. … In total, 571 pupils were suspended for attacking staff. While this was a reduction from the 646 recorded for 2015/16, it was more than double the 213 suspensions recorded for 2014/15. … Out of the total of 4,048 students suspended in the 2016/17 school year, 3,132 of these were male, while 916 were female. This amounted to 1.41% of the student population suspended over the course of the year. The most popular reason for suspension was 'persistent infringements of minor schools rules', 'physical attack on pupil', and 'verbal abuse of staff'….