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Cornish Seven Year Old 'Restrained' at School

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7:01am 8th May 2012

Pirate FM has learnt police were called to a Cornish school to restrain a seven year old pupil.

Officers were scrambled to reports of violence 72 times last year. That is more than once a week.

Others reports included claims of children making threats to kill and wielding knives.

Claude Knights from charity Kidscape said youngsters' social skills are slipping, "Some of our children really don't interact very much. They may sit side-by-side with someone in the classroom but most of their socialising is happening online. So therefore, a lot of learning that goes with that direct play outside with other children of your own age and older, is not being taught.

"We musn't forget that the economic climate is having an effect on families, in terms of making ends meet and through having a less calm atmosphere and so on. If children do see the anger and the stress and all of this playing out, they copy what they see".

Kathy Wallis from the NASUWT in Cornwall said abuse to students and teachers is becoming too common.

She called for government action, "There was a case of a newly qualified teacher who, when we said that being sworn at like this on a daily basis was not an acceptable part of their job, she turned round and said 'Oh, I just thought it was normal because it happens to me four or five times a day.'

"Everybody's looking for the responsibility to be on somebody else's shoulders. We have to stop and take stock and actually say, we need to take responsibility for our own children, whether they are in school or out of school, to understand that this behaviour is not acceptable".

7:01am 8th May 2012

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