(UK) School violence exploding; parents are blamed; youngest students aggressive

Updated: Apr 22, 2019

April 21, 2019, Telegraph: Seven-year-old boy threatened to stab pregnant teacher in stomach as union warns of rise in pupil violence A seven-year-old boy threatened to stab a pregnant teacher in the stomach over a literacy lesson, it emerges as a union warns of a rise in children who do not respond to any form of punishment. Pupil indiscipline and violence is a “significant and worsening problem” in schools, according to the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT). Addressing the delegates at the union’s annual conference in Belfast, David Baxter, a member of the union’s executive in Northern Ireland, said teachers need to find a way to deal with “Teflon kids – the ones that no sanction seems to stick to”. John Devlin, another member from Northern Ireland, described some of the shocking examples of aggressive and violent threats teachers have been subjected to. One pregnant teacher was told by a seven-year-old boy who did not want to do literacy “I’m going to stab you in your pregnant belly”, he said. Meanwhile, another teacher was left with a bleeding neck from a pupil attack and a third was punched in the face by a ten-year-old boy. … Scott McGimpsey, on the executive in Scotland, added: “We have seen pupils say or do pretty much whatever they want.”… She said that violence is “getting out of control, not because of the way the students are but because way back somebody hasn’t dealt with the way they behaved.” … Alfredo Gualda, a teacher from Doncaster, said that families need to be held accountable for their children’s behaviour, explaining: “If your child is constantly disruptive, if they are violent, if they are abusive, I think it’s about time that schools and teachers question the parenting of those children. Because it does not happen”…. Figures released by NASUWT earlier this year revealed that school staff are increasingly refusing to teach unruly children, amid incidents of violence and sexual assault….