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‘Enough is enough’: More than 31,000 attacks on students and teachers

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Assaults in Queensland schools are alarmingly high with more than 31,000 attacks on fellow students and teachers last year.

The worst grade was Year 7, with 5230 incidents, but the figures don’t include incidents from private schools.

Queensland Teachers Union president Kevin Bates tells Luke Grant it is not acceptable for teachers to be attacked.

“Our members are clearly saying, ‘enough is enough’. They’re sick to death of being hit and kicked and bitten at school.

“That’s not the sort of behaviour that anyone should go to work and expect.

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Parenting expert Michelle Mitchell says it’s usually a build-up of circumstances that lead to a child lashing out.

“I don’t think many kids wake up in the morning and say, ‘look I want to assault someone today’.

“Not all our kids are doing that well with regulating their emotions.”

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