Police probe assault on teachers at Kaikoura High

Last updated 13:15 10/09/2012

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A student who assaulted two staff members at Kaikoura High School on Wednesday has been referred to Youth Aid, police say.

Constable Julian Lewis, of Kaikoura, said police investigated the incident after allegations were made of a teenage boy assaulting staff at Kaikoura High School.

The Marlborough Express understands a female teacher was assaulted and was absent the day after the incident but returned to work on Friday.

A male staff member was also assaulted.

Kaikoura High School principal Werner van Aswegen said it was a serious and unusual incident for the school.

In a statement released to the Express, Mr van Aswegen said the school had systems in place which provide for the safety of staff and students in situations like this.

"Although the injuries sustained were not serious, this is a matter that is being taken very seriously by the school," Mr van Aswegen said.

Parents and caregivers of students were told in a letter that the student concerned had been stood down and a decision on his future as a student at the school would be decided by the board disciplinary committee.

No other students were involved in the incident, but counselling had been offered.

The school put the following notice on its Facebook page on Wednesday: "We are aware that there are many staff and students upset by the serious incident at school today. [The teacher involved] would like you all to know that she is fine. She has minor injuries and will return to school on Friday. This incident is being investigated fully by both the school and police," the post said.

"Mr Loan the counsellor will be available at school tomorrow morning for any students who wish to talk with him."

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