Boy faces community ban after reign of terror on school

28th September 2001 at 01:00
A WELSH council is seeking a banning order to prevent a 15-year-old boy from terrorising his former school.

The boy has been permanently excluded from the school but keeps returning to abuse teachers and disrupt classes.

After teachers lodged allegations with the police, the boy, from Torfaen, Gwent, went on the run.

Magistrates in Newport issued a warrant without bail for his arrest but as The TES went to press he had not been found.

Torfaen Council applied to the court for an anti-social behaviour order which, if granted, will stop him going near the school, leisure centre or a group of shops in the area.

Terry Mackie, the council's assistant director of education, said: "Sadly, it is sometimes necessary for a school to work with colleagues in the council and partners in Gwent Police and other agencies to seek an anti-social behaviour order to deal with particular individuals.

"This is only done when other methods of tackling the issue have proved unsuccessful and there is a clear need to safeguard the school community and property.

"I am confident that the full impact of such an order will be fully considered whenever such an application is put before a court," said Mr Mackie.

Neither the boy, who is in foster care, nor the school can be named for legal reasons.

Newport magistrates granted the first anti-social behaviour order in Wales against another schoolboy in April this year. The boy, also aged 15, continually returned to a Torfaen school with weapons and started abusing teachers and pupils.

Magistrates decided to grant the order for three years because of mounting concern for the safety of the teachers.

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