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Going barmy in Nottingham

Discipline problems are not the exclusive preserve of the inner cities. A school in Devon has had more than its fair share, according to NASUWT delegate Nigel Williams.

A pupil who returned to school after a temporary exclusion sprayed another student with lighter fuel and threatened to set him alight. He was then permanently excluded.

Another boy barricaded himself in a science room and only calmed down when thepolice came and showed him the handcuffs. He was taken away and did not return to the school. Mr Williams came across one pupil repeatedly kicking another in the head. He said: "It only stopped when other teachers intervened."

In Nottingham, a school was closed on health and safety grounds after children ran amok throwing snowballs inside. "They went barmy," said Roger Kirk, a former president of the union.

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