Are Girls Safe At School?

From the Bay of Plenty Times by Carly Undy:

“An alleged beating at a Bay school is a reflection of a rising trend in violence among young females, experts say.

A Western Bay parent is challenging Katikati College’s zero-tolerance stance on bullying,
claiming her daughter was beaten up at school by other girls and the culprits only given lunchtime detentions. The  allegation comes as Bay social agencies say they are seeing  more violent offending among young women…

The incident at Katikati College on November 3 was said to have been filmed and  seen by “most” of the school, although college principal Peter Leggat said  incident  had not been as severe as claimed…”

Since when was “Zero Tolerance” dependent on perceived severity? we were unaware that there was a range for the value ‘Zero’. What message is this sending out to kids?

Read the full article here.

For other blog posts about school violence and bullying please see other entries under the tag of School Violence. Also:
Another school attack, this time in Fielding
Stabbing brings calls for school security
Practical solutions needed to address violence in schools – Says PPTA president
School violence blamed on corporal punishment removal
Racial sensitivity may have caused classroom stabbing
Ryotaro Wright attacked at Forest View High School
Mairehau School goes into lock down as shots fired
NZ schools put children on path to crime
Gang fight at a Wellington school – Hutt Valley High School
Violence In New Zealand’s Schools: Delay In Acting Upon The Behaviour Summit

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