Following on from a comment by Steve in response to my post about Shelby, I wonder how many teachers encounter unacceptable behaviour from their pupils? Most, if not all, will encounter verbal abuse and swearing, and some will be unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of something far more serious.
If that happens, how is it dealt with?
If an adult was punched by a teenager on the street, the police, quite correctly would be called. Punching someone is assault, it’s illegal. But what happens if that punch is thrown in a school? Are the police called?
I’m really not sure of the answer, but anecdotal evidence suggests that most bad behaviour is dealt with ‘in house’ by the school, and that the police are only involved in very serious cases where it is unavoidable – such as a stabbing or rape.
I’ve added a poll to the bottom of this post, please complete it if you can, I’m interested to find out how many other people have been unfortunate enough to find themselves in such situations – and what the response from the school was. I know that there are varying degrees of ‘assault’, but for clarification, I mean incidents which, had they happened outside the school gate, you would have called the police to report. What may seem minor to one person, may be too much for another.
The age of criminal responsibility is 10, so technically the police could be called out to incidents in primary schools.