'Parents Should Feel Full Force of the Law' TEACHERS BACK ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY ON CLASSROOM ASSAULTS
Byline: SAMANTHA CLARKE
HEAD teachers and union leaders in Coventry today welcomed government moves to get tough with parents who assault teachers.
Education Secretary Estelle Morris was today urging councils to prosecute mums and dads who physically attack teachers following a rising tide of assaults on teachers.
The call was being made at The Association of Teachers and Lecturers' conference in Cardiff after delegates said children and parents should feel the full force of the law, facing automatic prosecution with a zero tolerance policy.
Reports show that assaults in the classroom have risen five-fold in the last three years.
Headteacher of Coventry's President Kennedy School Douglas Tribe welcomed the call for prosecutions.
And he said teachers should not be stigmatised for wanting to take legal action against parents or pupils who assaulted them.
He said: "We have increased security at President Kennedy because of the odd incident involving assaults on teachers by parents and students.
"I feel there should be a recourse for teachers to take law proceedings if these situations arise."
Jane Nellist, secretary of the Coventry NUT, said the number of reports of assaults was growing, and said the situation was "extremely worrying". …