Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby backs automatic suspensions for student violence.

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BALDIVIS MLA Reece Whitby will back automatic suspensions for school students who assault other students or video school fights.

Mr Whitby will support change allowing schools to more easily remove a student from school for committing or provoking violence.

“Schools should be safe and secure places of learning, not battle zones”, Mr Whitby said.

“The first priority must always be the safety and welfare of students and teachers in our schools.

“However, swift action to remove the source of violence must also come with strategies for prevention and changing the behaviour of violent students.

“There can be no real solution to the problem of violence in schools without tackling the actual causes of why some students behave the way they do.

“Expelled students need alternative education options that include programs to change behaviour including support to get at the underlying causes of their behaviour.”

Mr Whitby said kids shouldn’t go to school anxious about their safety.

“I look forward to the release later this year of the Violence in Schools Action Plan being developed by the Education Minister Sue Ellery with input from across the education community,” he said.

“This plan will provide clear guidelines about preventing and responding to violence.”

The plan will be trialled from next year before a full roll out in 2020.