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Articulate abuse

Parents in the leafy suburbs are not usually known for featuring in the statistics on violence against school staff - but East Dunbartonshire, it seems, is an exception.

Figures presented to the council's education committee show that, while only 3 per cent of alleged perpetrators nationally were parents in session 2002-03, this rose to 15 per cent in the Bearsden-Milngavie-Kirkintilloch area.

We must assume that this contributes to the fact that the authority's figures for verbal abuse also exceeds the national average - 46 per cent against 25 per cent.

Behaviour management for pupils is one thing, but . . .

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