A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged with using a sharpened pencil to stab a teacher in the neck.
He was charged after allegedly attacking the woman teacher in front of shocked students at a secondary school in Fife on 25 September.
The boy cannot be named and the high school concerned cannot be identified for legal reasons.
The teacher is said to be recovering.
A report into the incident has been submitted to the Children’s Reporter.
The EIS teaching union claimed incidents of violence against teachers were happening with “alarming regularity” in schools across the region as behaviour in some schools reached crisis point.
David Farmer, publicity officer with Fife EIS, said schools were dealing with physical or verbal violence on a daily basis.
“It does happen with alarming regularity and our fear is something really bad is going to happen,” he said.
“I can think of teachers who have been kicked, spat on and beaten by kids who do know what they are doing.”
Mr Farmer said the EIS supported restorative practices where, if a child behaved violently towards a teacher, dialogue would be opened up between them to restore the situation.
But he called for consequences for pupils for whom this did not work.
“We’re not convinced that in some schools this actually happens,” he said.
Fife Council said it took the safety of all children and staff seriously.
Education manager Gordon Wardrope said: “Our schools have a range of measures and procedures which support the wellbeing of all in the school community.
“Where incidents do occur these are dealt with timeously by the school.
“On the rare occasion that there are more serious incidents, schools work with Fife Police to respond appropriately.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed: “Police in Fife have charged a 15-year-old boy with the assault of a female teacher at a school...on September 25 2018.
“A report has been submitted to the Children’s Reporter.”
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