Violence Soars At Hunter Schools

264 incidents in the first half of 2016

15 January 2017

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Violence at Hunter and Central Coast schools appears to be getting worse.

A new report from the Education Department shows 264 serious incidents were recorded in the first six months of last year, almost double the number from the same period in 2015.

Many of the incidents relate to assaults, weapons, and drugs.

Here are some of the most serious incidents:

  • A student in Western Lake Macquarie tried to punch his teacher, before spitting in their face. He then damaged windows, walls and cars.
  • A female student from a Maitland school punched another girl multiple times, causing the victim to suffer major cuts and bruises.
  • A Port Stephens student threatened to stab another student. He was found carrying a knife and scissors underneath his clothes.

Despite the increase, the Education Department says schools are among the safest places in the community.

"Factors leading to the rise in reported incidents include a spike of bomb threats in term one and the ongoing promotion of the importance of incident reporting," a spokesman told Fairfax.

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