What is it with knives in NZ schools right now? there’s been a veritable rash of knife incidents over the last few weeks.
A few days ago we wrote about how the village was failing the child when kids used violence to sort out their differences, with some parents even scheduling fights for their daughters in Northland and fights being shown on YouTube.
School violence is becoming ‘family business’ in New Zealand and it’s time to put a stop to it, before anyone else gets hurt…or worse. 777 teachers were assaulted at work during 2008-2009 and there were 1167 incidents of violence, including 51 grievous assaults last year across all educational institutions, including 14 of stabbing and cutting with a weapon. (Statistics NZ)
Schools in New Zealand have open campuses at present and anyone is able to walk into most school grounds un-challenged.
“A knife has been brandished at a school in Hamilton. Police were called to Fairfield College at just after 11am and Senior Sergeant Greg Dunn says enquiries so far, suggest a 26-year-old man went to the school after his younger brother came home saying he was being threatened.
Senior Sergeant Dunn says when the man confronted students, a larger group converged and he pulled a knife. The man then got back into the car and drove off.
The two brothers were tracked to a nearby house and are currently being interviewed by police. The 26-year-old is likely to face charges.”
The incident follows the arrest of two sisters who allegedly attacked a Year 13 girl at the school last year. Other students chased the 17-year-old girl’s boyfriend with sticks as he came to her aid (source)
It is the third knife incident at a NZ school this month, and the second in Hamilton: A 15-year-old girl from Hamilton Girls’ High School was charged with assault and threatening to kill and teacher Steve Hose was stabbed in the back and shoulder by a student at Te Puke High School, Bay of Plenty.
Read also a blog from earlier today: NZ Teachers Facing More Abuse