‘Bring back the cane’ and ‘it all starts at home’ – just some of the comments in heated debate on rising school violence

WITH a sharp rise in the number of children in the city’s schools being excluded for violent behaviour readers have been having their say as to where the blame lies and what needs to be done to tackle the issue.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 5:51 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 9:52 am
The increased number of children being excluded from the city's schools for violence has led to a heated debate on Facebook.

The most recently published Department for Education figures showed that between 2016 and 2018 the number of Portsmouth children excluded for physical assaults against pupils increased from 175 to 267 while exclusions for attacks against adults increased from 240 to 328. Many readers blamed poor parenting as the reason for the alarming increase. Here’s what readers had to say.

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