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  Crackdown on bullies and weapons
Updated 16 January 2002, 09.06
Bullies will be excluded
Persistent bullies and pupils who carry weapons will be expelled from school after the government decided to introduce new rules for England and Wales.

At the moment there are not many things a pupil can be expelled for if they break a rule for the first time, but now carrying weapons is on the list.

Harder to be allowed back in

Expelled bullies will not be let back into school
And it will be much harder for pupils to be allowed back into school after being expelled for bullying or having weapons.

If a pupil is expelled they can ask an appeals board to let them back in, and the board currently allows around 40% to return to school.

Special units

Instead they are more likely to be sent to special units, where they can be better looked after and they can't be so disruptive.

Previously the government had been trying to reduce the number of pupils who were expelled, but they seem to have changed their mind.

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