220 children at primary school have been excluded for physical assaults on teachers over the last few years a shocking investigation by Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats has uncovered. The party has said teachers and school staff in the City of Wolverhampton are sometimes facing a 'war zone' and not a classroom when dealing with a violent minority of children.
Information obtained by Wolverhampton Lib Dems exposes the shocking scale of violence in our classrooms, including cases of a staff member being hit with a snooker cue, staff being whipped with skipping ropes and assaulted and hit with bikes and plant pots.
The figures show that 220 primary school pupils have received fixed-term exclusions for assaulting an adult since 2013/14.
17 permanent exclusions have also taken place for physical assaults on adults at primary school over the last few years.
A further 87 children were given fixed-term exclusions for physical assaults on adults at secondary schools and 7 were permanently excluded.
In primary schools 23 cases involved a child biting, 4 head-butting, 54 teachers and staff were kicked by pupils, 15 objects were used as weapons, 27 staff were punched by pupils, 2 hair was pulled. On three occasions a staff member was pushed, 9 times they were slapped and once they were spat at.
In secondary schools, 8 staff were punched and one object was used as a weapon.
In response to the investigation, local Liberal Democrat campaigner Rob Quarmby said:
"These figures are a scandal. We have a plague of violence in our schools.
"Children at primary school are being thrown out of school for assault, I didn't believe it the first time I’ve read it. It is disturbing that so many young children are exhibiting such violence. I worry that some of these kids will be in prison by the time they are out of short trousers. How can a child, under 11 be excluded for assault?
"Classrooms are supposed to be places of learning but for a small minority of kids who are off the rails, they seem to think they are war zones. These kids are ruining it for children like mine and aren't wanting to learn, they are just delinquents.
"Teachers need to be able to discipline children who get out of line."