Pupils sent home for assault and vandalism

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NEARLY 40 pupils have been excluded from schools in East Dunbartonshire over six months – including 11 for assault.

Between January and Easter a total of 27 youngsters were sent home for five days or more at secondary, primary or special schools/units.

The term from Easter to the summer holidays saw 10 pupils excluded, according to figures presented to the education committee last week.

Reasons included assault, verbal abuse, theft, offensive behaviour, disobedience, fighting, damage to school property and threats.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod said: “I have faith in our teachers that all positive alternatives are looked into and any underlying problems are addressed.”

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson said: “Excluding a child is unfortunately sometimes a necessary step.

“However, it is reassuring that these statistics have broadly remained the same since last year.”

Gordon Currie, head of education at the council, said: “Every year, we educate around 16,000 pupils in East Dunbartonshire

“The safety of young people and staff is of paramount importance and acts of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.”