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Critical incidents at ACT Schools

By johnboy 11 September 2012 25

Someone has FOI’d “Critical Incidents at ACT Schools“.

So for fun I thought I’d tally them up:

    Lake Ginninderra 5

    Kaleen High 4

    Lanyon High 3

    Gungahlin College 2
    Hawker College 2
    Melrose High 2
    Telopea Park 2

    Ainslie Primary 1
    Alfred Deakin High 1
    Arawang Primary 1
    Campbell High 1
    Canberra High 1
    Caroline Chisholm 1
    Dickson College 1
    Forrest Primary 1
    Florey Primary 1
    Gilmore Primary 1
    Gordon Primary 1
    Kingsford Smith 1
    Lyneham High 1
    Macgregor Primary 1
    Macquarie Primary 1
    Malkara 1
    Melba Copland 1
    Mount Rogers Primary 1
    Ngunnawal Primary 1
    Wanniassa 1
    Weetangera Primary 1

Intriguing that Number 1 and 2 are operating under the auspices of the University of Canberra.

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Watson 2:03 pm 12 Sep 12

It would’ve made much more sense to do a tally by ‘type of incident’. Some of these critical incidents were medical emergencies or suspicious strangers hanging around the school. Some were students from other non-specified schools entering and starting trouble.

My daughter is in a primary school class with a kid that apparently has an ADHD diagnosis. First year and a bit at this school they regularly had to evacuate the other kids from his classroom because he was going berserk. There was at least one incident where he was running around threatening kids and teachers with scissors. Then they finally managed to get him an assistant this year and the issues stopped. And he turns out to be a lovely kid, my daughter gets on well with him.

It’s all good and well for the public school haters to claim that these type of incidents only happen in public schools, but I do often wonder how many of the private schools take on kids like that and spend the resources on managing their behaviour so they can function in a school environment and get the education they deserve.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 11:34 am 12 Sep 12

Gerry-Built said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Just remember this list should be huge. Most incidents are not reported.

Really? Your proof/evidence?

Staff are required to report all critical incidents; this is a legal obligation – with penalties for failing to do so… but by all means go ahead an explain where staff are failing to report critical incidents…

Im sorry but its against the law for me to reveal my sources but there are a lot of incidents that are not on that list.

dtc 11:30 am 12 Sep 12

I went to a private school and saw nothing but politeness, tolerance and joy.

Looking at the list, at least 1/2 of the incidents seem to involve external parties, particularly at the primary schools, and not students – eg Florey Primary where the incident arose from two armed men running across the oval after robbing the Florey Shops. Hardly anything to blame the school about.

thumper109 11:28 am 12 Sep 12

Oh My… My daughter’s schools no even on there.. Cool.

DrKoresh 11:27 am 12 Sep 12

steveu said :

I think you are drawing some conclusions that all these incidents are males. I see nothing in the document that indicates that.

On a side note, DV incidents (in NSW anyway) involving females is up 36%. Pretty significant figure. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-11/alarming-rise-in-young-people-charged-over-domestic-violence/4254850

Ah yes, my last ex girlfriend wasn’t afraid to get bit ‘hands-on’ if things weren’t going her way :p But I’d be willing to be that 90% (if not all of) the increase is due to increased willingness to report females for DV and an increased willingness in the police to take such matters seriously. It can be hard as a boy because you’re only really taught never to abuse a woman yourself, and not how to avoid becoming a victim yourself.

But it can and does happen, and if you’re aware of any incidents of DV, male or female, you should report it. And don’t make the mistake of thinking a woman can’t cause some serious damage to a man, especially if he isn’t willing to fight back.

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