To start with, I think violence is deplorable.
However, the canberra Times is reporting that we appear to have an epidemic of violence assaults in our schools system. Indeed, an assault every two days.
Now I have no doubt that violence has increased in schools from when I went to school. However, I have to wonder if it is as bad as suggested, or is it that more of it is reported? And are reasonably trivial matters now being reported as major assaults?
When I was at school blues were pretty common, in fact at least one a week and yes, I happened to be in quite a few of them. This is violence, and yet, it was never reported but left as a simple school yeard brawl in which the two protaginists were dealt with either by in school suspension or by a caning, later you would get a chance to do each other over on the footy field or in a boxing ring. (And yes, I do realise that there is a vast difference between schooling these days and when I went to school)
[ED (Ntp) – The Lib’s Vicki Dunne has put out this press release on the issue.]