THE number of pupils suspended from schools in East Dunbartonshire for five or more days has dropped.
From August to the October week, eight pupils were excluded - compared to 10 for the same time last year, and 18 the year before.
However, four of the recent incidents resulted in police intervention.
The recent reasons for suspension include four incidents of physical assault, one for damage to school property, one for insolent or offensive behaviour and two for other incidents.
An East Dunbartonshire Council spokesperson said: "In all of our schools pupils are treated with dignity and respect and, as a result, there is an expectation that young people will also show respect to their fellow pupils and teachers.
"The safety of our children and staff is paramount and acts of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
"We want all of our pupils to achieve their potential in a safe and caring environment."