180 Queensland teachers were assaulted during 2004-2006.
Teachers reported being
- threatened with weapons,
- stabbed with pencils,
- punched in the face,
- spat on,
- having bones broken,
- furniture thrown at them
- and being verbally assaulted
One teacher reported being headbutted in the face and having hair torn out.
Another suffered burns after a student threw boiling water at the teacher and two students.
A teacher reported being injured after a student threw a chair.
When a teacher tried to stop a student chasing another with a pair of scissors, the student charged at the teacher.
A teacher reported being kicked in the face by a student who refused to follow directions.
A principal reported suffering mental stress after an altercation with a student armed with an iron bar.
A teacher reported a shoulder injury after an irate student picked up a table and threw it.
Queensland teachers and principals were also being physically and verbally assaulted by parents.
One teacher was hit in the throat and knocked over by a parent.
An irate parent pushed a teacher over and then punched the teacher in the jaw.
A principal was punched in the mouth and threatened by a female parent.
A teacher claimed to have suffered mental distress after a student pointed a replica gun and pulled the trigger several times.
One student at Albany Creek State High was expelled in February 2005 over a vicious attack in which a maths teacher's head was smashed into a window.
Witnesses said the Year 9 student ... attacked the teacher after being reprimanded for not completing his homework.
A school insider described the attack as brutal.
The student "beat the crap out of the teacher", the source said.
15,000 Queensland students were suspended or expelled for violent behaviour in only 12 months, the Education Queensland ( 2006-2007 ) annual report shows.
35,000 more Queensland students were suspended or expelled for other reasons, including absences, disruptive behaviour, drugs and "physical misconduct".
One year later, in July 2008, new research showed that the Queensland school system was among the worst for bullying of any country in the developed world.
More than 70 Queensland school students were being suspended every day for assault.
Some attackers are as young as five.
More than 14,000 Queensland students were suspended between June 2006 and July 2007 for "physical misconduct".
The figure is up at least 1700 cases from the previous 12 months.
Some of those suspended are in Years 1 and 2, and in a few cases even Prep year.
The Queensland Principals Association president Norm Hart said schools were increasingly left with no choice but to exclude violent students.
"We are seeing more and more of those kids now. They are wilful, disobedient and naughty."
In May 2009 Queensland teachers were still being terrorised by their students.
State School students had -
One special school teacher had her jaw broken and multiple teeth knocked out by a student.
Another suffered extensive eye socket and rib damage after being assaulted by a student.
And teachers in prep classes face rising violence.
A teacher who specialises in behaviour management contacted The Courier-Mail in May 2009 to report that during the past fortnight-
a brick had been thrown at her
she had been threatened with dangerous weapons
a chair had been thrown at her
a classroom window had been smashed
she had received specific and detailed death threats.
she had been told that, after she was dead, her classroom was going to be burned down.
More than 17,000 students were suspended for violence in Queensland state schools during 2007-2008.
Almost 300 state school students were expelled for violence.
An average of 21 students a week were expelled from Queensland state schools in the 12 months to June 2009.
The students had physically attacked teachers or classmates, damaged property, disrupted classes or were caught swearing or with drugs, cigarettes or alcohol.
Students were suspended 57,188 times for between one and 20 days.
An average of 278 students were suspended each school day.
Teacher bashed, Jessica Lawrence and Kate Patterson, The Sunday Mail, March 13, 2005.
Stressed teachers paid to stay out of class, Mark Alexander, The Sunday Mail, April 17, 2005.
Class wars! Jessica Lawrence, The Sunday Mail, September 4, 2005.
Act up and you're out, Tess Livingstone, The Courier-Mail, November 12, 2006.
Almost 280 suspended a day in Queensland schools, Rosemary Odgers, The Courier-Mail, 14 November 2009