This is not a problem confined to Northern Ireland, but Peter Robinson has expressed surprise that a high levels of violent behaviour towards school staff are not being reflected in school explusions (just fourteen over the last two years). He quotes the teacher’s organisation INTO which claims that up to fifty teachers are leaving the profession each year citing attacks as the reason for their going.
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