Audio: A former principal said that sometimes the situation in a classroom can be unpredictable. Patrick Walsh, a former principal talks to Larry Williams

It’s a tough job, dealing with violent students in schools.

Patrick Walsh, a former principal, helped write the guidelines on how to manage bad behaviour in schools.

He said the teachers tribunal was acting accordingly when they censured a teacher for carrying a struggling boy to the principal’s office.

But Walsh told Larry Williams it’s tough for teachers to make the right decision in the heat of the moment.

“Teachers ought not to use physical force, they ought to de-escalate the situation, but the fact and scenarios in each school are very complex and sometimes they throw up difficult cases. This is an example of one.”

Walsh said the incident warrants another look at the rules.

“I think when these cases happen it does cause us to reflect and I think the profession would like some more certainty on scenarios like this.”

Walsh says the censured teacher has returned to England.

LISTEN TO PATRICK WASH TALK WITH LARRY WILLIAMS ABOVE

Source: Newstalk ZB

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