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Thursday, 7 June, 2001, 18:46 GMT 19:46 UK
Pupil, 5, expelled after attack
teenagers
Attacks by pupils on teachers are increasing
Teachers in Wales have condemned violence against colleagues after a five-year-old boy was banned from school for punching a care worker.

The boy who sparked the incident in Cardiff is thought to be one of the youngest to be excluded in this way.


We believe very strongly that children who assault teachers and other pupils should be excluded permanently from school

NUT Wales Secretary Gethin Lewis

The incident came only days after the head teacher of Allensbank Primary School in Cardiff, Shula Mahoney, resigned in protest when governors overruled her decision to exclude an 11-year-old boy accused of attacking a teacher.

Gethin Lewis, secretary of the National Union of Teachers in Wales, applauded the action taken by the school.

"Teachers did not have any form of punishment expect permanent exclusion," he said.

"Where there has been an assault, that child should be permanently excluded. It will not be tolerated.

'Unacceptable'

"We believe very strongly that children who assault teachers and other pupils should be excluded permanently from school."

Mr Lewis added that the growing number of assaults on teachers and school staff was "unacceptable".

He suggested part of the problem could be that many children had special needs and needed to be taught in smaller groups, separate from the majority of pupils.

Mr Lewis dismissed criticism from those who said the school had been wrong to expel such a young child as a result of the incident.

"Teachers are trained to handle well-behaved children," he said.

"If there is a disruptive, aggressive child of any age who assaults an adult, then action needs to be taken."

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