Boy asked to leave after attacking teachers
A four-year-old primary school pupil from Lancashire has become one of the youngest children in Britain to be expelled from school.Mckenzie Dunkley was recently asked to leave the Sacred Heart Primary School in Ashton-on-Ribble after he constantly disrupted classes and attacked teachers.In one incident McKenzie is said to have lashed out at a teacher while being dragged away from a light switch that he was repeatedly flicking on and off.His parents had refused to agree to an action plan to deal with his behaviour, which they described as 'lively', and McKenzie had been sent home from his reception class on four occasions by head teacher, Carol Seagraves, before being thrown out for good."They are making him out to be a thug and I think they are treating him far too old," said his mum, Shelley Dunkley, 27. "At home he is quiet and if he does get a bit boisterous then he gets told off and told to behave himself." Ms Seagraves responded by saying, "It is only on very rare occasions that a school would consider permanently excluding a child as young as four. Our aim is not to punish but to carry out an assessment and successfully reintegrate the child into mainstream school as quickly as possible."The youngest pupil to be expelled from school for violent behaviour was a girl of three.
When it was on the News the mother said words to the effect of "all he does now is sit in front of the telly and play computer games"
And she wonders why her 4 year old has problems!
I think the fact that the parents had refused to agree to an action plan concerning their child's behaviour put the school in a very difficult situation.Lashing out is never acceptable,the parents must realise that.
Wouldn't you do everything possible to settle your child into a school,it's so important they make the right start.Maybe there is an underlying reason he's not settling into school,no one will be able to help him unless school and parents are working together.Schools don't always get it right,but they don't exclude pupils unless they really have to.
If the boy does just sit and play computer games and watch telly all day ,that's not helping,and he certainly won't find those things to be doing at school.If my child was not at school any length of time I'm sure I could find a better way to occupy him.
Maybe it's a little help pointing them in the right direction they need,he's only four,he's got his whole school life ahead of him.
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