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Call for zero tolerance for violence against school leaders

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The Western Australian Primary Principals’ Association (WAPPA) is launching a state-wide campaign calling for school principals and deputy principals to be included as public officers in existing State Government legislation to ensure protection and justice against the increasing number of physical assaults.

Principals and deputy principals are eight times more likely to experience a violent assault than the general population. On behalf of WAPPA members I’m calling for a zero tolerance approach. Enough is enough.

The State Government has legislation in which people who assault a public officer face a mandatory jail term. All it would take is the stroke of a pen to ensure that principals and deputy principals have the same protection as police officers, prison officers, Public Transport Authority security officers, ambulance officers, contract workers providing court security or custodial services, contract workers under the Prisons Act 1981 and youth custodial officers.

The role of our school leaders must be respected by the community and they must be recognised for their work in supporting students, staff and communities. They’re expected to continue to improve educational outcomes and maintain a positive school environment while many are actually feeling vulnerable and at risk of physical assault by a parent or community member, who might not face any consequences.

Research shows that the issue of increasing violence and threats of violence against school leaders is a state-wide issue. It isn’t limited by geography or socio-economic demographics and is taking place in public and private schools.

The lack of action by the authorities has adversely affected the quality and quantity of our educational leaders. Fewer teachers are aspiring to the role of school leader and without strong and credible leadership, educational outcomes may be negatively impacted.

I’m calling for your support and asking you to sign this petition so it’s sends a strong message to the politicians that violence and intimidation in the workforce is unacceptable.

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