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Monday, August 29, 2005

School shock: Aborigine suspensions triple other kids'

The Mercury: School shock: Aborigine suspensions triple other kids' [30aug05]

ABORIGINAL children in Tasmania are three times more likely to be suspended from school than other children.

On any one school day, 22 Aboriginal children around the state are home under school suspension orders, according to figures from the Education Department.

A total 103 schoolchildren are suspended daily in Tasmania.

Education Minister Paula Wriedt said Aboriginal children were suspended more often, and for longer periods, because they were more violent in the playground.

Other reasons for suspension are swearing and rudeness to teachers.

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