Weaponry spikes in SA schools

May 28, 2024 11:03 am in by
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More South Australian public school students are bringing weapons to class, with police call-outs to government school campuses reaching a record of almost 1,200 state-wide last year.

The most calls for help from 2021 to 2023 came from Whyalla Secondary College with 43, Port Lincoln High School with 13, Hincks Avenue Primary with 9, and Ceduna Area School with 6.

Education Minister Blair Boyer says the trend seems to be slowing this year, which he partially attributes to government measures including the ban on mobile phones in schools, installing security guards, and making it easier to ban abusive parents.

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“What we’ve actually seen in the second half of last year, and now in the first four months of this year, is a drop in school violence,” Minister Boyer says.

Shadow Education Minister John Gardner is confident it’s just a small cohort causing trouble.

“The vast majority of incidents are at a lower level, and they’re the sorts of behaviours where students exhibit defiance against teachers, and indeed their behaviours are capable of being supported better if training is in place,” Shadow Minister Gardner says.