NSW Education Department data on violence in schools revealed

Violence is frighteningly common in NSW schools. Photo: Shutterstock
Violence is frighteningly common in NSW schools. Photo: Shutterstock

Wagga, Tuggerah Lakes, Batemans Bay and Albury are the most violent school districts in the state.

Between January 29 and August 31 this year, Wagga topped the state recording 60 assaults, followed by Tuggerah Lakes with 57 and Batemans Bay, which like Albury has 49 incidents.

The NSW Education Department data also showed Albury schools have one of the highest rates of student-on-teacher violence in the state.

In 2019, there were 15 assaults on Albury teachers, a figure equal to that recorded in Bankston and Peel.

Mount Druitt and Camden were the only places in the state where more incidents against teachers occurred, with 17 assaults recorded in each suburb.

In 2015 only 17 assaults in total were recorded in the Albury school district, a figure which dropped to 13 in 2016.

But the number of assaults rose significantly to 29 in 2017, 21 in 2018 and 49 in 2019.

The NSW Education Department would not comment on whether it had or would be investigating the rise of assaults in Albury public schools, or whether any additional measures had been put in place to mitigate the issue.

"There is a zero tolerance policy in NSW public schools when it comes to violence, bullying, harassment or assault of any kind," a department spokesman said.

The spokesman said the state government introduced a school community charter in 2018 to outline the behavioural expectations of schools and communities.

"There is a zero tolerance policy in NSW public schools when it comes to violence, bullying, harassment or assault of any kind," he said

"Principals will take strong action when inappropriate behaviour interferes with the safety of the school community.

"Any student involved in violence or who engages in criminal behaviour at school may be suspended and their parents are notified."

The spokesman said police were also called and informed of incidents and teachers were supported.

"If incidents do occur, the department's incident support init, which includes seconded NSW Police officers, co-ordinates support and advice to schools," he said.

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