Liberals call for independent inquiry into violence in schools

Violence against ACT school children needs urgent independent investigation, Shadow Education Minister Elizabeth Lee said.
Following troubling reports of student on student abuse in schools, Ms Lee will call on the Chief Minister to establish an independent inquiry into violence in ACT schools.
“Children have the right to be safe at schools,” Ms Lee said.
“We are hearing reports that in some ACT schools that is simply not the case.
“We now have a situation where children are too scared to go to school, and parents are suffering considerable stress out of concern for the welfare of their children.
“The Education Minister’s wilful blindness to reports of violence against children in ACT schools has been unconscionable.
“The Government’s general downplaying of these concerning events is breeding distrust and this is unacceptable.
“This is a situation that calls for considerate yet swift and decisive action.
“Given the Government doesn’t keep a record of violent incidents, and the general lack of responsibility, I don’t believe the ACT Government has the will to make our schools safe for everyone.
“Children, parents and school communities deserve action. We must have an independent inquiry in violence in schools,” Ms Lee said.
The independent inquiry should investigate current and historic rates of injury, behaviour management practices, the training that underpins those policies, reporting processes and follow-up practices.