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Mayfield children are special, not malicious
We read with incredulity your article, Violence in Class, Citizen June 14, which implies unacceptable levels of violence in Mayfield School, Chorley.
The Freedom of Information Act was used to elicit the total numbers of recorded attacks on teachers in Lancashire and Blackburn Schools in support of a NUT campaign to put up warnings in all classrooms that violence against teachers would not be tolerated.
However no distinction was made between reports of gratuitous and maliciously motivated assaults on teachers in some cases by youngsters under the influence of drugs or alcohol or just habituated to mindless violence seen around them which we would universally deplore and the proper recording in special schools of all instances where a child (and there are only a very small number in each County Special School) despite highly trained specialist teachers using all the recognised techniques of holding a disturbed child to calm the physical symptoms of their distress injures a teacher and occasionally themselves.
It emerges from the statistics that because Mayfield punctiliously records every incident as required by the County Council but also in the best interests of the child and the teacher, 13 instances had been reported.
This translates into your dramatic headline: "13 attacks saw teachers electrocuted, bitten, hit, kicked and scratched"; the so called electrocution incident took place at another school in Chorley for children with behaviour problems who often having been abused and damaged are cared for by teachers trying to restore and rehabilitate them to live and behave more normally.
The children and parents and above all the teachers deserve better than this level of shock-horror journalism.
The parents in particular have developed great confidence in the handling methods of the County as exemplified in Mayfield and are horrified that their children are indicted in this way.
We ask you to recognise the damage which can be done when the full story behind facts, themselves not even recording like-incidents is not given by the Press.
Pat Case Chairman of governors Peter Monk, headteacher Mayfield School, Chorley