It is alleged the girl fled the scene after the attack.
When she was cornered, she assaulted police, kicking and spitting at detectives and on a police car.
If it's a toss-up between a dedicated teacher trying to maintain decent standards of behaviour and a disruptive and abusive bogan family, the Queensland Education Department will back the bogans every time.
Dennis in Mackay, Reader's Comment 98 of 104, Teacher entry scores targeted in bid to lift classroom standards, Tanya Chilcott, 16 October 2010.
Principals have the power to exclude students but the process takes up to 25 days.
Even then, parents are able to lodge a final appeal with the director-general.
New figures show there were nearly 400 more suspensions, exclusions and mature-age student enrolment cancellations in state schools in 2012 compared with 63,936 in 2011.
Exclusions increased about 30 per cent to 1331, up from 1030 in 2011.
The majority of suspensions and exclusions, about 34,911, were handed out for physical or verbal and non-verbal misconduct.
Drug, cigarette and alcohol-related misconduct accounted for about 3200 disciplinary absences.
Five students were deemed to be so bad they were excluded from all state schools in Queensland.
Bad students get away with flouting rules, as figures show 64,324 suspensions and exclusions from the state's schools last year, Sarah Vogler, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 8 April 2013 http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/bad-students-get-away-with-flouting-rules-as-figures-show-64324-suspensions-and-exclusions-from-the-states-schools-last-year/story-e6freoof-1226614470980
"A lot of the approach at the moment is very new-age and politically correct, and we need to go back to a more disciplined sense of how teachers control the classroom and how children act in the classroom."
Dr Donnelly said some disciplinary measures were more of a reward for students than a punishment.
Schools need discipline back, Sarah Vogler, Rob Kidd, The Courier-Mail, 9 April 2013 http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/schools-need-discipline-back/story-e6freoof-1226615287525
I have a class of 23 students.
Of that number, three of my students are autistic, two are 'intellectually impaired' and three are living in foster care.
I have to differentiate (so that all of my students are able to actually understand) and teach a curriculum that is so jam-packed that it is impossible to cover everything and it is only going to get worse.
I spend a good 30 per cent of my day dealing with behaviour problems instead of actually teaching.
I call parents in the hope that it will improve their child's behavioiur, but there are no 'at-home' consequences for the child who calls their teacher a "f-ing c@**".
We can't go back to teaching the way it was 50 years ago.
Society has changed.
Kailie, Reader's Comment, Queensland students crammed like sardines as play areas shrink, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 11 November 2012 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-students-crammed-in-like-sardines-as-play-areas-shrink/story-e6freoof-1226514327094
My daughter came home and told of an incident at school (one of many of course) where a teacher asked a student to complete a legitimate task only to be told an unequivocal "no".
The request was repeated several times with the same reply.
The teacher left the room to seek assistance.
The student telephoned mummy and had a good old whinge.
Mummy turned up and tore strips off the teacher.
The teacher had to stand there and endure the rantings of this troubled woman, knowing that the whole time her position and standing in the classroom was being eroded.
This one of hundreds of stories and is a very mild example of the daily occurrences.
JHS of Rocky, Comment 14 of 67, Safe Work Australia figures reveal teachers are Queensland's most stressed workers, The Sunday Mail (QLD), 21 October 2012 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/safe-work-australia-figures-reveal-teachers-are-queenslands-most-stressed-workers/story-e6freon6-1226499899228
Queensland high school teacher Paul Cavanagh has written to federal Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne to say that bad behaviour in classrooms is the main problem in Queensland schools.
Mr Cavanagh, 30, says that efforts to raise literacy and numeracy standards in Queensland's schools will be futile unless classroom behaviour improves.
He said politicians and parents need to understand that poor classroom behaviour not only wastes the time of the poorly-behaved students, it also affects the well-behaved pupils.
"It is the major contributing factor behind student performance at the moment - how does anyone concentrate or learn well with the constant disruption that is happening and nothing is being done?" Mr Cavanagh said.
"If I had a child of my own I would be so upset, not with the school or the teachers, but with other children to think that so much time was taken away from why my kids are there."
Queensland Association of State School Principals president Hilary Backus said behaviour was "getting worse".
Queensland Secondary Principals Association president Norm Fuller said there was "no doubt" behaviour was an issue, and there had been an increase in parents wanting to argue with staff and "take some matters into their own hands".
Queensland Teachers' Union president Kevin Bates said there had been an increase in more violent behaviour among children, with some parents actively working against teachers on the issue.
High school teacher speaks out on learning problem affecting well-behaved pupils, Tanya Chilcott, 28 August, 2012 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/high-school-teacher-speaks-out-on-learning-problem-affecting-well-behaved-pupils/story-e6freoof-1226459362713
There are 33,000 students in Far North Queensland.
4750 Far North Queensland students were suspended during 2011.
104 students from prep to year 12 were expelled during 2011.
The Queensland Teachers Union and Education Queensland agree violent behaviour from the Far Northern region’s youngest students is on the rise.
Department of Education regional director Clive Dixon said teachers were noticing violent behaviour earlier.
But violence in Far North Queensland schools is even worse than the official data suggests because suspensions and expulsions are the last resort.
Students often notch up several incidents of misbehaviour before they are sent home.
State president of the Queensland Council of Parents and Citizens Associations, Margaret Leary, said the statistics were "frightening".
I have worked in state and catholic schools for over 25 years.
I have had three of my own children in Cairns schools.
The behaviour of students in schools has deteriorated rapidly over this time and verbal and physical assaults are a daily occurance at ALL schools.
I have nothing but praise for most of the teachers and administrative staff in our schools.
They are battling not only alarming funding cuts to essential programs, but also the disrespectful behaviour of a growing number of students and the similar indifference and rudeness of the adults who are the role models for our children who model these all too common and disgusting behaviours at home and on the streets.
Critics of teachers and the schoolng system need to actually spend time in the schools of today to witness how difficult it is to educate young people who are poorly fed and rested and who have little or no respect for others or their property.
Lainey Danson of Cairns, Reader's Comment , Students as young as four being suspended in Far North schoolyard attacks, Daniel Strudwick, The Cairns Post, 26 May 2012 : http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/05/26/221035_local-news.html
TAG Gold Coast operations manager Les Manson said security guards would travel on all Gold Coast Surfside school buses from this afternoon to help control the students after a bus full of Helensvale State High School students allegedly verbally abused their bus driver, set off a fire extinguisher and looked at porn on their mobiles.
The bus driver radioed for help before pulling over and walking off the bus to a Helensvale school 500 metres away to talk to teachers.
A substitute bus driver was brought in to drive the rest of the route.
Education Queensland has issued a statement, saying the principal of Helensvale State High School had personally viewed security video footage from the bus yesterday afternoon and is completely satisfied his students acted in an appropriate manner.
"The students at Helensvale State High School have the full support of the principal."
The bus company is considering sacking the driver.
Our daughter is a high school teacher in a small country school and after half a semester she has found the 50 students are the most unruly she has ever come across in her seven-year plus teaching career.
In any other workplace, respect is considered to be highly desirable.
How on earth can a teacher fulfil the requirements of the curriculum, when students will not respect the teacher or give them a chance to even teach?
Teachers work hard and long.
Without co-operative students and supportive parents their task is nearly impossible.
Jenny Ford, Toowoomba, Letter to the Editor, Talking Point, P. 23, The Courier-Mail, 27 March 2012
Education Queensland southeast regional director Glen Hoppner said the police were called because it was inappropriate for people who were not students or staff to enter school grounds without purpose.
It is alleged the teenager refused to leave the school.
Students were forced to crowd in classrooms and cower under desks.
It is alleged the girl fled the scene after the attack.
When she was cornered, she assaulted police, kicking and spitting at detectives and on a police car.
26 October 2011 : It is alleged that a 13-year-old boy threatened Nerang State High School staff with a knife just before 3pm.
The boy was subdued with capsicum spray.
A boy has been charged with two counts of serious assault and one count each of possession of a knife in a public place and deprivation of liberty.
"Absolutely disgraceful behaviour by a couple of students from (Upper Coomera) and some outsiders," he said today.
Mr Hoppner said one male and two female teachers were caught up on the fringes of the fight as they tried to intervene.
Parents allege that the eruption of violence had been "only a matter of time", with official complaints and warnings of serious safety concerns dating back to 2009.
The three teenagers, who do not attend the school, claimed to be innocent victims of an attack by Maori youths.
"This group of Maoris came out of nowhere and attacked us. We had to defend ourselves."
Yesterday parents inundated the Bulletin demanding action to ease the racial tension at the school which erupted on Monday just before 8.30am as primary school students were being dropped off at school.
Terrified children were ordered to their classrooms as teachers desperately fought to regain control.
Parents said South East Regional director Glen Hoppner was "kidding himself" if he believed the brawl was not a racial attack.
Marie Holmes, who narrowly avoided being punched as she tried to break up the fight, said it was "absolutely racially motivated".
"If he is saying that it's not racial, then that's not right," said Mrs Holmes.
"I saw it. I heard it. I know what they were saying. It was absolutely racial.
"I saw this fight with my own eyes, I saw what happened."
Mrs Holmes said she was angry and disappointed that Education Queensland would not address the real issue.
The school went into lockdown shortly after 1.30pm and police were called.
A 14-year-old girl has been charged and will be dealt with under the Youth Justices Act.
She has also been suspended.
More than 100 suspensions handed out every school day for physical misconduct, Tanya Chilcott and Brooke Baskin, The Courier-Mail, 7 October 2011 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/more-than-100-suspensions-handed-out-every-school-day-for-physical-misconduct/story-e6freoof-1226160650689
School staff detained an 18-year-old man.
Authorities are hunting the other three suspects who ran from the scene.
Trong Van Nguyen, 18, a former student at the school, was charged with four counts of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed in company.
He has also been charged with trespassing on school grounds.
Investigators will claim Nguyen concealed a wooden bat in his pants which he used to lash out at his victims.
Teenager accused of bashing four people at Sunnybank State High School granted bail, Jasmin Lill, The Courier-Mail, 5 October 2011 :
Mr Fleming also pulled a pair of sunglasses from another teacher's face, put them on his own face, took them off and twisted them to try to break them, then handed them to a friend to jump on them with a scooter.
Former student spits on teacher, 21st July 2011 : http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/07/21/former-student-in-fight-spits-on-teacher/
I used to love my job with great passion and enthusiasm.
Now, I go to work with fear.
Fear of what will happen today. Which child will kick off first, literally.
I used to have an impact on childrens lives through my enthusiasm, passion, empathy and genuine care.
Instead of a baby bonus I suggest that upon the child turning 4 years old, they are tested on basics such as alphabet, counting, colours and shapes. If they pass the parent is then rewarded financially for 'parenting'.
If a parent actually sat and played with their child from birth, all of these basics would be covered, the child would have reasonable social skills, and the bond between parent and child would have been made.
There is just so much anger out there from parents and in turn their children.
As a teacher, I don't have a choice as to which students I can teach.
Most of them, I would happily teach.
But there are at least three or four highly violent and disturbed children in each class these days who suck the life out of the teacher, the learning and the rights of both students and teachers.
I used to think that we were paid pretty well.
Not anymore. I want danger money.
Danger money needed, Reader's Comment 101 of 107, Principals plead for help over disturbed students as behavioural problems worsen in classrooms, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 9 June 2011 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/principals-plead-for-help-over-disturbed-students-as-behaviour-problems-worsen-in-classrooms/story-e6freoof-1226071995707
The Queensland Association of State School Principals president Hilary Backus said rising behavioural, mental and intellectual issues among Queensland students were impacting on the classroom and in some schools principals were "completely consumed" by dealing with police, the Department of Child Safety and parents over critical incidents.
Hilary Backus said bureaucratic red tape was also a big problem.
"The accountabilities being devolved to schools and, therefore by default, school principals is becoming ... excessive," she said.
She said that the workload now being "dumped" on the principals was "absolutely unrealistic and impossible".
Principals plead for help over disturbed students as behavioural problems worsen in classrooms, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 9 June 2011 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/principals-plead-for-help-over-disturbed-students-as-behaviour-problems-worsen-in-classrooms/story-e6freoof-1226071995707
Zac Andrew, a year 8 student at Coolum State High, was choked unconscious by a male classmate in a "game" called tap-out.
The game involves a student placing a chokehold on another student from behind.
The attacking student is meant to stop choking when the student in the chokehold taps him twice.
But, in this case, the offending student allegedly kept choking Zac, despite Zac pleading with him to stop.
Zac collapsed unconscious to the ground.
It is understood that Zac remained unconscious for several minutes.
While Zac was unconscious the offending student drew on his face with a purple paint pen.
13-year-old Zac was left with a "massive egg" on his forehead.
Zac's parents, John-Paul and Kylie, are furious with the school ... ( see link to full article ).
Boy choked unconscious at school, Mark Bode, Sunshine Coast Daily, 10 November 2010.
Professor Briggs said she knew of at least 10 cases of s-x assaults by children against other children in Queensland schools in 2008-09.
Professor Briggs claims that many of the cases were not taken seriously by authorities.
Prof Briggs reveals claims that three five-year-old boys were s-xually assaulted by six-year-olds at a Cairns school.
"Two Prep boys allegedly accosted others going to the toilet," Prof Briggs said.
"Victims were forced to remove their pants and the boys urinated on them.
The school principal was criticised for failing to take action and not informing victims' parents.
"The cases ... have been swept under the carpet and victims have to leave the schools while the perpetrators remain."
Australian Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures show that five years ago there were 13 s-xual assaults committed by children but last year there were 68.
"Schools continue to push these problems under the carpet," Professor Briggs said.
"Boys are abused in school toilets, in classrooms when teachers are absent, ... at camps, ... and sports changing rooms.
Editor's Comment : This article interests me because I was attacked for discouraging a student from using the public toilets in Cairns City Place during a short excursion.
I had concerns about the risk of the child being abused because there were two entrances - both concealed - to the public toilet, so it was very difficult to supervise.
And there are always a very odd assortment of people 'hanging about' City Place.
Situations can become violent very quickly.
I had told the children to use the toilets at school because the City Place toilets were 'not very good' - I did not want to explain the exact nature of my concerns to the children.
The boy's mother verbally abused me in City Place for trying to protect her child.
And then the acting principal accused me of 'humiliating' the boy and told me that this 'was a disciplinary offence'.
I was forced to agree over and over again that I had done the 'wrong thing'.
But actually children do get attacked in toilets.
A former north Queensland teacher is suing the Education Department for a substantial amount because a student threatened her with a knife.
B. Wilkinson, Malanda, Letter to the Editor, Talking Point, p. 79, The Courier-Mail, 26-27 June 2010.
Mr King said while not all students misbehaved, the situation had not improved.
He claimed unruly students were smoking c-nn-bis on buses.
Mr King, who has driven buses in Ipswich for 40 years, has discovered (various items) at the end of school runs.
Mr King is at his ''wits' end'' with misbehaving children throwing food, fighting and burning holes in seats.
''You are constantly looking in the mirror to see what the students are doing, and not looking at the cars in front of you,’’ Mr King said.
The complaints follow recent reports of a 14-year-old schoolgirl attacking a Gold Coast bus driver.
Earlier this week, a Logan driver claimed he was threatened by the parents of a student after he complained about the child’s behaviour.
''It’s very difficult for a driver who's got an out-of-control passenger and they’re negotiating a bus through heavy traffic."
''Potentially, it’s very dangerous,'' said Public transport lobby group Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow.
''Drivers need a safe working environment. They’ve got a pretty difficult task ... if students are making it such that the bus driver’s unable to concentrate on driving.
''That’s a risky situation so it needs to be addressed.''
Mr Dow is calling for supervisors - such as members of the Parents and Citizens Association, a teacher or a community volunteer - to be immediately placed on school buses to help bring the situation under control.
Parkers Simmonds Solicitors senior partner Bruce Simmonds warns that weapons are becoming more prevalent in Queensland schools and that the violence in Queensland schools is worse than ever.
"We're talking about children in Prep being extremely violent - you're getting extreme bullying and s_xual assault," Mr Simmonds said.
"The parents (of the bullies) are rubbish and the children are spoiled."
"They don't understand the effects of what they're doing, everything is me-related."
School bullying in Queensland costly for taxpayers, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail, 24 May 2010.
I don't think parents have ANY IDEA what outrageous disruptions go on in schools today.
Most days, I simply can't get disruptive students OUT of my classroom: they simply run around the room and bring the entire class to a halt.
I have personally -
(a) seen students flatten a classmate with a chair
(b) seen students hit a teacher in the face with a rock
(c) seen a student who was thrown out of a classroom crawl back in through the window (so he could continue to raise h*ll).
For one very aggressive student, I was told to "keep your teacher's desk between the two of you at all times".
If the child doesn't want to be in the school (20% is my estimate), great, here's the door!
I want to stop babysitting and start teaching!
Registered QLD teacher of Mt Gravatt, Reader's Comment 7 of 12, Principals empowered to expel students, AAP, The Courier-Mail, 17 May 2010 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/principals-empowered-to-expel-students/comments-e6freoof-1225867860635
Cooktown State School teachers had to hide with students in a locked library on 9 March 2010.
Police were called to deal with eleven senior students who were involved in a violent melee in the playground.
Cooktown police explained that the problem was a "feud" between students from rival communities.
Cooktown State School teachers are also being threatened outside of school hours.
"Teachers are being intimidated and threatened and they are constantly saying they need background information on some of these children so they know what they're dealing with," a source said.
The students are carrying makeshift weapons such as stingray barbs and steak knives.
Students terrorise teachers, Gavin King, p. 31, The Sunday Mail : 28 March 2010.
A nine-year-old student at Rockville State School in Toowoomba was alleged to be throwing chairs and threatening people with a fork- like implement at about 1.45pm on 18 March 2010.
The school was put into lockdown and the Toowoomba Police were called.
Violent student sparks lockdown, Alyssa Kimilin, The Chronicle : 19 March 2010.
Students with attention deficit disorder ( ADD ) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ) find it hard to concentrate.
They are often unruly and sometimes violent.
Across Queensland, ADHD and ADD affect close to five per cent of primary school children.
But at least three schools in the Lockyer Valley have classes in which one in every two students has either ADD or ADHD.
Queensland Teachers' Union ( QTU ) representative Barry Welch said several classes in Ipswich had similar levels of behavioural disorders.
At Gatton State School, a teacher in their first year in the job was given a class in which more than half of the students had behavioural disorders.
"The teachers need a lot more support than they are getting," Mr Welch said.
"There should not be so many ADHD students in a mainstream class."
Deputy-director of education and training Lyn McKenzie said: "We recognise the impact that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ) and attention deficit disorder ( ADD ) can have on student's learning."
"Support services include -
* individualised planning for each ADHD and ADD student, to be completed in the teacher's own time, after a long, hard day in the classroom and before going home to prepare for the next day's work,
* provision of learning support,
* small group programs
* and professional development for teachers which has to be completed in the classroom teacher's own time after a hard day's work in the classroom and before going home to prepare for the next day's work,
* and teacher aides - but Education Queensland does not provide enough teacher aides, and managing the teacher aide's work has to be done by the classroom teacher in their own time, after a hard day's work in the classroom and before going home to prepare for the next day's work."
ADHD cases swamp our schools, Chris Garry, Ipswich News: 19 January 2010.
The girls' underwear was removed by the year 1 boys, who then allegedly performed s-x acts on the girls.
Police have confirmed they investigated an incident in June.
Two other girls were allegedly s-xually assaulted last week.
Parents of one of the girls told The Courier-Mail they reported the matter to police because they were unhappy with the way the school dealt with the situation.
The boy returned to class the next day without his teacher being told about the incident.
It was left to the victim's mother to warn the teacher that the boy should be monitored.
''We really need to do something more than business as usual,'' the girl's parents said.
They said the s-xual assault allegations, along with consistent bullying problems, had upset parents at the school, with many parents pulling their children out of the school.
Year 1 boys in s-x attacks at Brisbane school, Tanya Chilcott and Margaret Wenham, The Courier-Mail, 21 September 2009 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/year-1-boys-in-sex-attacks-at-brisbane-school/story-e6freon6-1225777230488
This situation is not media sensationalism.
The media have actually downplayed the situation quite a bit.
The school in question has lost a ridiculous number of students in the last few years and is in serious need of change.
The behaviour of students in this school is appalling and like nothing I have ever seen.
Unfortunately this is a very, very sad situation and should not be taken lightly.
Insider of Brisbane, Reader's Comment, Year 1 boys in sex attacks at Brisbane school, Tanya Chilcott and Margaret Wenham, The Courier-Mail, 21 September 2009 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/year-1-boys-in-sex-attacks-at-brisbane-school/story-e6freon6-1225777230488
In December 2009, Queensland Teachers' Union members took a vote of no confidence in the principal of a school on Brisbane's northern outskirts.
Education Queensland admited that there was a crisis of confidence at the school.
Education Queensland director-general Julie Grantham acknowledged what was happening at the school was "not normal".
18 cases of "inappropriate s-xual behaviour" between children had been reported at the school since 2008.
Eight of the 18 alleged incidents had happened during the last semester of 2009.
11 cases were reported to the police.
But only one student was suspended.
Parents, carers and relatives told The Courier-Mail of widespread unrest at the school, fuelled in 2009 by the alleged s-xual assaults and behaviour.
429 students were enrolled at the school in 2005.
298 students were enrolled at the school in February 2009.
85 students were withdrawn from the school by their parents during 2009.
An investigation into the school principal's leadership was expected to be completed by 10 December 2009.
The school principal is also under a separate investigation by the Department of Education.
School loses a third of students amid 18 s-x incidents, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 3 December 2009.
I teach in a Queensland state school.
Behaviour in many schools is absolutely horrific.
Until a zero tolerance policy is adopted, schools will remain shackled to the poorly behaved students.
Chris of Brisbane, Reader's Comment, Sort teaching wheat from chaff, Ross Guest, The Courier-Mail : 20 November 2009
I have taught in many schools, some of them regarded by the public as the "better" public schools, and find the level of disrespect for teachers, fellow students, school management and most of all learning, to be not simply astounding but very disturbing.
I was a manager for over 20 years in a variety of industries and have worked in three countries.
I fear for the future of Australia - I picture the current students in a work environment and the tremendous problems managers are going to have trying to get value from these future employees.
I can only agree with Rupert Murdoch (Boyer lectures) that we are ill-prepared for th21st century global challenges faced by humanity.
Students in middle and senior school struggle with grammar, cannot string a paragraph together, have little analytical skill, have no ide about deductive and inductive logic, have little or no moral foundation and understanding, are almost solely hedonistic in their outlook, have no coherent worldview and have parents who are disinterested.
A colleague contacted a parent to explain that their child was being disruptive, uncooperative, etc. etc.
The parent said, "You should be glad he is in school, he's not killing anyone is he?", end of conversation.
Bert Watt of Brisbane, Reader's Comment 451 of 457, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O'Loan, The Courier-Mail : 7 November, 2009
We are harbouring a generation of "couldn't give a damn" kids spoiled rotten by their gen-x parents who probably discipline their pets better than they do their own children.
And schools are hampered by this overly-rosy picture that children's egos are sacrosanct and that discipline should always be applied as a last resort.
Tom Barton, "burned-out" state education department employee, Reader's Comment 426 of 450, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O'Loan, The Courier-Mail : 7 November, 2009
During my two teaching pracs this year I've seen the best and worst of student behaviour.
Each school seems to develop a culture from its principal.
One school had a no-nonsense, proactive principal, happy to support teachers when behaviour issues arise.
great and happy school for everyone.
The other school had a principal who was rarely seen and who let his teachers suffer repeated verbal abuse and shocking behaviour.
The teachers at this school (in western Brisbane) have poor morale and many students have poor behaviour.
Come on principals - lead by example and support your teachers!
Student teacher, Readers' Comment 452 of 457, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O'Loan, The Courier-Mail, 7 November : 2009
I have been a high school teacher for the past 5 years and have now moved into another profession.
A large proportion of the students I have come across are not interested in their education.
Many see school purely as a place to socialise.
The increase in very poor behaviour and the mentality of not wanting to do anything has made the job of teaching predominantly about behaviour management.
As far as I can see, things are only going to get worse.
Kids are rude, see teachers as people they can treat like cr-p and know all their "rights" but sadly none of their responsibilities.
The number of students that now coin the phrase "You can't do that to me, I can sue you for that" has become a complete joke.
I honestly don't think that non-teachers realise how bad the State Education System has become.
I feel sorry for the people left in the profession; it is a thankless, stressful and underpaid job.
TC, Readers Comments 157 of 182, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O'Loan, The Courier-Mail : 7 November, 2009.
So many in the profession discuss the shocking behaviour outside of the classroom and have done for years, but are too afraid of the backlash from our employer to speak up about it.
The shocking behaviour and disrespect I have had to put up with throughout my five year career have definitely become worse, to the point where, this year, I was threatened with a fist in my face by a Grade 4 (nine year old) student that he was going to "F---ing punch yo in the f---ing mouth", after I had witnessed and responded to an act of violence he committed against another student.
Teacher of Far North Queensland, Reader's Comment 428 of 450, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O'Loan, The Courier-Mail : 7 November, 2009
I worked for many years as a teacher and administrator with Education Queensland. It only takes a few totally disruptive, uncontrolled students without any notion of self-discipline to ruin and chance of leaning for the majority of students.
Abuse by students, both verbal and physical, of other students, teachers and support staff, is widespread and increasing.
Principal no more of Queensland, Reader's Comment 446 of 450, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O' Loan, The Courer-Mail : 7 November, 2009
I work in a school and witness shocking behaviour on a daily basis.
An example this week ended up with a year one boy kicking, punching and verbally abusing me -
"I'm gonna break your f------ neck" was just one of the things he said.
- all because the bell rang and the teacher hadn't handed out pens that he wanted.
The parents didn't have the decency to apologise for their son's behaviour and claimed the education system "picks on" their son.
Behaviour is becoming worse - because for some parents it's easier to blame the system rather than to step up and take responsibility for the behaviour of their children.
Lyndy Huxley of Alex hills, Readers' Comment 442 of 450, Queensland heaeded for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O' Loan, The Courier-Mail : 7 November, 2009
With both my parents as teachers I have watched as their job has expanded from simply teaching their subject to their becoming welfare officers, bouncers in the playground breaking up fights, social workers and crowd control.
Mardi Haworth of Hope Island, Readers' Comments 162 of 182, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O'Loan, The Courier-Mail ; 7 November, 2009
I am a young teacher in Logan in a tough school and daily see the horrific attitudes and behaviour of both students and parents.
Too many kids who have never had boundaries.
Too many parents who are willing to defend their child even if they have trashed a class.
Too many excuses.
The good kids deserve better.
Chris of Brisbane, Reader's Comment 171 of 182, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O'Loan, The Courier-Mail : 7 November, 2009
To all those who blame the teachers for the lack of education that their children are receiving -
Quite often the teacher's time is spent trying to sort out disruptive children.
These disruptive children are taking time away from your child's learning.
As a Prep teacher, my wife has received death threats from a five-year old.
But what kind of a home life does he have to start saying rubbish like that?
Only imagine how much time was required to keep him under control, so that the other children were not too disadvantaged.
Felix, Readers' Comments 150, Premier Anna Bligh finds $1 billion for Queensland teachers, Darrell Giles, The Sunday Mail, 7 November, 2009.
I've taught in Queensland for over forty years and standards have always seemed to fall but in the last ten years they've just "fallen over a cliff" both academically and socially.
John, Readers' Comments 91 of 128, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O'Loan, The Courier-Mail : 7 November, 2009
There is no respect for teachers.
I work in a High School and we are not supposed to speak out.
The arrogant, nasty pupils and their parents, the foul language they use around the school grounds and at the teachers.
They defy all the rules of dress code.
They have all the rights and teachers and other support staff have none.
Vandalism is rife, they have no respect for other people's property.
They lie through their teeth when confronted.
... Teachers are there to teach and should not have to put up with the cr-p that they do now.
I would not be a teacher for a million dollars.
Elizabeth, Readers' Comments 81 of 128, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O'Loan, The Courier-Mail : 7 November, 2009
I have three teachers in my family.
The abuse all three have endured from their students is astounding.
The high school the two boys teach at, in regional Queensland, allows students to have their phones and ipods in class.
This is not conducive to learning.
In fact, when one girl was asked to turn her phone off as she was spending a lot of time texting on it, she told the teacher to "F--k off", then phoned her mother to "come up to the school and sort the f--king teacher out".
This was in the classroom during a lesson.
How can students learn when this behaviour is allowed to continue?
The student was "sent to the office".
But it was the teacher who was actually reprimanded by the principal for "picking on" the student.
The principal seems to have decided that it was easier to appease the student - and the parent - than to support the teacher.
I am extremely proud of my family and their dedication to teaching but they need support to do the job they have been trained to do. ...
Mother of two teachers, Reader's Comments 26 of 128, Queensland headed for dumb, immoral future, warns teacher, James O'Loan, The Courier-Mail, 7 November, 2009.
QTU West Moreton organiser Barry Welch says that teachers have been brought before Queensland's Education Department just for separating two students who were fighting.
"The Current guidelines are very unfair for teachers," Mr Welch said.
"There have been teachers in Ipswich who have simply pressed on a student's chest to move them away from another kid and the student will complain about inappropriate touching."
"The teacher then has a mark on their record - even though all other evidence showed they did nothing wrong."
Calls for self defence training for teachers, Chris Garry, The Queensland Times, 2 September, 2009.
A Gold Coast teacher, fed up with the lack of respect and the attitude they face in the classroom, told Robyn Wuth of goldcoast.com.au that the rate of truancy at Coombabah State School averaged more than 150 students every day.
The teacher told Robyn Wuth that every day, like clockwork, there is a mass departure from many schools at lunchtime.
The students wander the streets.
Nobody knows what they are doing.
But they are not learning to read and write.
The students are getting away with doing what they want, when they want.
The days of the cane are long gone.
Children know their rights.
They know that if the teachers tried to physically drag them back into the school, they could claim that their teachers had assaulted them.
Education Minister Geoff Wilson's office says that the exact number of children wagging school is confidential.
The statistics would be hard to compile.
The figures are not kept centrally.
It's not an issue.
Executive director for schools on the Gold Coast, Richard English, has previously said there is no truancy problem in the city.
Round up those truants, Robyn Wuth, goldcoast.com.au , 29 August, 2009.
Dennis Bailey is fed up with his fellow teachers being abused.
At a Queensland Teachers' Union (QTU) rally yesterday he told the Daily Mercury how his fellow teachers have been -
- spat on
- had their property stolen
- and yelled at in public on several occasions.
Mr Bailey said the teachers' dispute with the Bligh Labor government was not just about pay - it was about working conditions.
"Enough is enough," he said.
"Teachers need better treatment."
Teachers demand better treatment, Bianca Clare, Mackay Daily Mercury, 6 August, 2009
I have been teaching for six years in Logan and I have recently applied for two years' unpaid leave.
I have also recently enrolled in a TAFE course in a completely different industry.
Wages are too low in the teaching profession and working conditions are poor.
The problems (violence in schools, abusive parents, etc.) are increasing at an alarming rate.
Monica Dawkins of New Farm, comment 1 of 19, 10,000 teachers on leave as temporary ones take over, Natalie Gregg, The Courier-Mail, 9 July, 2009.
Badly behaved children, badly behaved parents, continually working in your free time, endless curriculum and policy changes, less than ordinary pay, an ever thankless, critical and ungrateful community - seriously, who would want to be a teacher?
Is there any wonder that so many are on leave?
I say make the move to greener pastures permanent.
I did just that a number of years ago and I have never looked back.
It is only a matter of time before the Queensland government has to roll out a campaign like they did with the nurses to try to entice experienced, quality teachers back with promises of how "things have changed".
I, for one, will never go back.
You are welcome to it.
Ex-chalkie of QLD, comment 9 of 19, 10,000 teachers on leave as temporary ones take over, Natalie Gregg, The Courier-Mail, 9 July, 2009.
I am a teacher who left the profession because I was so disheartened with "the system".
I am also a mother of a daughter in Year 8 and a son in Year 10, both at a state high school.
So much time, energy and attention is given to the badly behaved students that the well-behaved ones spend much of their school day waiting.
I would like to count how many of the 25 hours of education they actually receive.
This issue is not only about the expulsion-worthy students but the continually disruptive, flat-out naughty children as well.
Their behavior is "managed", not really addressed or corrected.
How can a teacher give an inspiring lesson after going 4 rounds with "Disruptive Dan"?
It is mentally and emotionally exhausting tackling these students on a daily basis.
Parents need to take responsibility for their child's behaviour and stop blaming the teacher and / or the school.
The behaviour problems are societal.
Education Queensland needs to "get real".
"We do not tolerate bad behaviour in state schools" the Departmental spokesmen claim.
Tolerate? Today's system enables bad behaviour.
Bring back respect, good manners and serious consequences for bad behaviour.
Posted by Susan Daley, 2 June, 2009, Mornings with Madonna King, 612 ABC Brisbane Mornings, ABC Local Radio.
A teacher from an Ipswich region school, who spoke to The Queensland Times on the condition of anonymity, said students, some as young as five, had thrown chairs, bitten and kicked students and staff and walked out of class, and there were sometimes up to four unruly children per classroom. “Teachers are spending most of their time doing behaviour modification rather than teaching,” she said. Wild kids cause classroom chaos, Felicity Caldwell, The Queensland Times, 1 June 2009
“Teachers are spending most of their time doing behaviour modification rather than teaching,” she said.
Wild kids cause classroom chaos, Felicity Caldwell, The Queensland Times, 1 June 2009
My son is now happily teaching at a school in SA.
He had enough of the Queensland 'kids rule' schools .
Last year he disciplined a Year 6 student for breaking a strict lunch time rule, by confiscating the child's soccer ball.
The child told his part-time father, a violent man, a fabricated story.
As a result of this fabricated story my son was threatened with physical attack and police action.
Luckily the school Principal stood by my son and the boy subsequently admitted he had lied, but as no discipline was meted out to the boy for his deplorable act and he got off scot free, he has learned nothing other than it is OK to lie.
The whole incident caused my son severe trauma and he saw the futility of discipline.
His motto for his remaining few weeks here in Queensland was 'let them do what they like'.
I am a Queensland teacher.
I teach because I want to and I love doing it.
What I don't like is having to constantly give over more of my teaching time to those in the class who don't want to be there, or do not have the social and emotional skills to be in my classroom, or to those students who have parents who do not support what I am trying to do in my classroom with their child (in many eyes, I am a 'well-paid babysitter').
I would like SUPPORT from the Education Department to effectively deal with ALL of my students.
At the moment, my more-able students are being treated as sacrificial lambs at the expense of the less-able or less-inclined students.
I am starting to tell students (quietly) to complain to their parents about the disruptive behaviour of other students and encourage them to contact the school and Education Government about their lack of educational opportunities because of the acts and behaviour of others.
Most of my time is now focussed on behaviour management and I don't think it is fair for the rest of the class to be made to suffer as a result of a minority of students in my classroom.
One special school teacher had her jaw broken and multiple teeth knocked out in an attack by a student using fists, feet and furniture.
Another suffered extensive eye socket and rib damage after a student's assault.
Students terrorised one primary teacher and the teacher's young family for three nights in a row at the family home, throwing rocks on the roof.
Another teacher was forced into a storage room and then terrorised by a student whose hat she had confiscated in class.
The teacher tried to use a phone in the room to call for help but the student repeatedly disconnected the call by pressing the hook switch on the phone.
There were more than 150 attacks on staff and students across the state from intruders during 2008.
There is rising violence against teachers inside Prep classes.
A teacher specialising in behaviour management contacted The Courier-Mail last week to detail a barrage of attacks over the past fortnight.
"I've had a brick thrown at me, been threatened with dangerous weapons, had a chair thrown at me, a classroom window smashed, received very specific and detailed death threats and an assurance that, after I was dead, my classroom would be burned down," she wrote.
Teachers subject to harrowing attacks by students, Tanya Chilcott, 18 May 2009 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/students-attack-teachers/story-e6freomx-1225713049097
A 17-year-old student has been expelled from Elanora State High School because he bared his backside in front of a young female teacher during a student protest against being asked to wear the correct school uniform.
A crowd of students were rebelling against the new Elanora acting principal, who is cracking down on bad behaviour and dress code breaches.
Miami State High School principal Jim Baker was transferred to the acting role at Elanora on February 16 after the death of former principal Roslyn Wilson.
Mr Baker said he had spoken to students about the code of behaviour, a document drafted by the parents and citizens association in consultation with the community.
Mr Baker said societal norms had shifted and kids were far more argumentative.
"They ask questions, probe and speak up.
They back chat, they challenge, they want to know."
Students who spoke with The Bulletin believed Mr Baker's actions were 'too strict'.
"He's just a relief principal," said one student.
"People should be able to have piercings and dye their hair and have as much make-up as they want."
The Gold Coast Bulletin believes Mr Baker should be commended for his actions to clean up the school.
Police were called to the high school about 11am.
Officers arrived to find one of the staff room windows smashed and a highly agitated teenage boy.
One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said he looked out his window and saw a boy, wearing the school’s senior uniform, being chased by police.
A police spokeswoman said officers had been forced to use capsicum spray to subdue the teenager.
Students locked down in class, Amy Remeikis, Sunshine Coast Daily On Line, Friday 20 February 2009.
More than 55,000 suspensions were handed out for unruly and violent behaviour in Queensland schools during 2007-08.
This represents an increase of 20 per cent over 2005-06.
Too many Queensland teachers report that classroom behaviour is a problem on the verge of catastrophe.
If you work in a "difficult to staff or remote" Queensland school, it is common to be -
* threatened daily
* spat at
* sworn at
* lied to
and generally treated like a second-class citizen.
"John of Brisbane ", Readers Comments, Bonus to Teach The Toughest, Darrell Giles, The Sunday Mail : 30 November, 2008.
"Annie" is a deputy principal in a "complex" Queensland school.
Annie has been working as a teacher for 20 years.
Her workload has become heavier every year.
She does not have time for coffee breaks or lunch breaks.
This has affected her health.
She is dealing with children who have been incredibly emotionally damaged.
She has had to deal with as many as 16 six-to-20 day suspensions in one day.
Annie has to contact the parents of these children to discuss the suspensions.
These parents can be terribly abusive.
They can use the vilest language.
Annie says that teachers are very vulnerable to abuse.
Much more vulnerable than other public servants and members of the service community.
Because people can simply walk in off the street and demand to speak to a teacher face to face.
There is no screen to protect teachers from abuse.
Or from agressive, violent, drunk or drug-affected behaviour.
People can stand just inches away from you and scream abuse right into your face.
And you are alone.
There is no support while you are being abused.
And, when the persona abusing you finally leaves the room, there is no support.
There is no de-briefing.
There is nothing.
Queensland teachers tell each other that Education Queensland burns out good teachers.
That if you try to do the job well, it simply kills you.
Because nobody can cope with the workload.
Realities of Life in Complex Schools, pp12-13, Queensland Teachers' Journal, Volume 31, Number 6 : 22 August, 2008.
Bob Wilkinson of Lions Street, Malanda, wrote to The Cairns Post :
The system fails to support teachers.
Teachers teach their students "good manners" and they expect good manners, respect and obedience from their students.
But teachers are not allowed to enforce this teaching.
Anytime they try to enforce their expectations, there is some bureaucracy to thwart their efforts.
In any school, there are phone numbers for students to ring if they feel wronged by some adult.
But there are no phone numbers for teachers ( or parents, etc. ) to ring for hep in dealing with unruly, recalcitrant children.
In fact, most of the students using these help phone numbers are the ones causing the trouble, who ring with invented stories and are believed.
Nor is there any help from the authorities "in charge".
They either don't want to know or their hands are tied.
Bob Wilkinson said that when he taught in the ghettos of industrial England in the 1970-80's, it was more pleasant than teaching in many Queensland schools today.
"Barry" did three years of country service, teaching in a Queensland state school.
Then he was transferred to a "complex" Queensland state school for another three years.
Barry was verbally or physically assaulted at this "complex" Queensland state school every day.
In one ten minute period one student punched him, spat at him, threw her shoes and various other objects at him and abused him.
She was not even suspended.
Barry had to "lock down" his classroom several times.
Another teacher was stabbed in the arm.
The stress of the work affected his home life.
He found it very hard to get out of bed every day and go to work, knowing what was going to happen.
The experience still affects him.
Realities of Life in Complex Schools, pp. 12-13, Queensland Teachers' Journal, Volume 31, Number 6 : 22 August, 2008.