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Violent threats against Tasmanian principals highest in nation: survey

Posted December 03, 2015 11:37:51

A teacher gives instructions to her pupils in a classroom. Photo: The Education Union says it is unclear why rates of violence against Tasmanian principals are escalating so much. (Anne-Christine Pouloulat, file photo: AFP)

A national survey has identified 60 per cent of Tasmanian principals received violent threats this year, the highest price in the nation.

Nationally, the Australian Catholic University found one in 3 principals surveyed had experienced physical violence in their work.

In Tasmania, 114 principals completed the survey.

Their results showed rates of actual violence had increased from almost 27 per cent in 2011 to 42 per cent this year.

Terry Polglase of the Education Union told 936 ABC Hobart the figures had been worrying.

“There is a concerning trend, our price of improve of assaults is the greatest of other states,” he said.

“Appear it really is something that we want to look at – what has been causing this more than the final four years.”

He said in main schools the violence came mainly from parents and in high schools students have been far more likely to be the perpetrators.

“You have to appear, socially, appropriate across the board, what is causing that, you know, what is going on in Tasmania?” he mentioned.

“Also, we need to look at what is going on in our support of the schools, the [spending budget] cuts that occurred final year, you know when you take two teachers out of the schools, you put principals on classes and have them obtaining less time to deal with issues, meet with parents and so on, you know, men and women get angry.

“Undoubtedly for Tasmania we need to have to appear at the effects of what we are actually carrying out within our policies.”

Mr Polglase mentioned the physical school environment also left principals vulnerable to violence.

“The atmosphere isn’t precisely best is it? You know, open doors, stroll into the office, somebody is angry, we now take away glass dividers, we try and have open communication, we try to do all the right factors to guarantee we are as welcoming as possible inside our schools.”

The survey also asked principals who they turned to for help, such as spouses, colleagues, physicians and senior staff.

Mr Polglase said most principals would not turn to far more senior colleagues.

“They just will not admit to folks above them that there is an concern and as a result their pressure levels are via the roof and that is sad for a system, it says one thing really poor about the culture that is going on inside our systems and our schools, we like to say items are great but they are not,” he said.

Topics: assault, teachers, tas

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EX-AFL player convicted of assault appointed nation coach

Updated December 01, 2015 06:52:40

A country Victorian football club has gone to ground following announcing the appointment of disgraced former AFL star Nick Stevens as its senior coach.

Stevens was discovered guilty in January of assault, threats to kill and intentionally causing injury to his ex-companion while they had been dating in 2012 and 2013.

He has appealed against the eight-month jail sentence handed down and is on bail.

The former Port Adelaide and Carlton player was coaching SANFL club Glenelg in 2014 but was sacked soon after he was located guilty.

But the Red Cliffs Football Netball Club announced it had appointed Stevens as coach, the day right after White Ribbon day, a campaign to avoid violence against girls.

“Red Cliffs Football Netball Club are very excited to have Nick on board and are searching forward to him bringing his skills and expertise to the club for each senior and junior club improvement,” it mentioned in a statement.

Former Sydney Swans player Luke Ablett mentioned on Twitter he had asked the club on its Facebook web page no matter whether it had forgotten about Stevens’ domestic violence convictions.

He mentioned three comments he created on the club’s web page had been deleted.

The club, the premiership team in the Sunraysia Football Netball League, has not responded to the ABC’s requests for comment.

Nick Stevens runs the ball for Carlton Photo: Stevens played for Carlton and Port Adelaide among 1998-2009. (Getty Photos: Mark Dadswell, file photo)

League president Pat Curran stated judgement of the situation must be reserved until the appeal was heard.

“It demands to be considered that the legal process still hasn’t finished, the man is nevertheless literally a free citizen and whilst I’m certain Red Cliffs would not condone domestic violence in any way, shape or kind, this individual has to be given the opportunity to continue his life in the mean time,” Mr Curran stated.

“I feel they’ve most likely realised that it was the incorrect time to announce that and so they’re almost certainly a bit bashful about it.

“[I feel] they are a bit hesitant to speak out any far more in case factors are interpreted in the wrong manner.

“I do not know when they’ll talk about it, but quickly I suppose.”

Stevens played 231 AFL games at Port Adelaide and Carlton in between 1998-2009, and also coached Gippsland Energy in the Below 18s TAC Cup.

Stevens’ appeal is listed to be heard in the County Court next July.

Subjects: law-crime-and-justice, australian-football-league, rural, domestic-violence, red-cliffs-3496, vic

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