Huge problems at highly funded Northland school

Where are?the opposition calling for heads to roll and this school to be closed down?

Oh, that’s right, it’s not a charter school.

Raw footage of the moment two students launched at a police officer after another allegedly attacked the principal’s car has been revealed online.

The video supplied to ONE News, which appears to have been taken by another student at Taipa Area School on a cellphone, showed one male teen launch at a cop and bowl him over.

A second police officer comes to his colleague’s aid, while other boys appeared to also come in and try break up the tussle.

Officers eventually used pepper spray on the teens, before they were arrested. ?

A police spokeswoman said officers were called to Taipa Area School after a 14-year-old student took exception to being stood down because of his behaviour about 3pm on Wednesday.

The student allegedly got hold of a tool, returned to the school and took his frustrations out on the car of acting principal David Lowe.

The spokeswoman said the boy allegedly damaged numerous panels, and windows on the vehicle and also stabbed the tyres.

The boy then allegedly gave the tool to another student, also aged 14, who then got on the school bus, while the first boy walked off.

Police found the first boy a short distance from the school and arrested him on a charge of wilful damage. More charges may be laid.

The results at that school are decidedly average – they miss the Minister’s National Standards and NCEA aims by miles.

It is obvious that there are massive behaviour problems.

And they are funded at $24,000 per student, which is way above the established Charter School amounts (and they have to pay for buildings and staff out of their allocations).

There should be HUGE media and opposition party pressure to expose and close down schools like this.

But no.


– NZ Herald