RELOADED: Five Incidents That Didn’t Result In A Permanent Exclusion

March 18, 2008

This is a rewritten version of an entry that has appeared previously but is no longer available. Apologies if you have read it before.

It’s pretty hard to get kicked out of school these days. Here are some incidents that didn’t make the grade, even where considerations of safety and justice were calling out for it.

  1. Leon Greyson rarely attended Woodrow Wilson School, even in year 8 he popped in no more than once a month, assaulted a teacher or two and ran off. One day he came in and started telling the white boys in his form that it was time to get “the Pakis”. That lunchtime he and his friends went round assaulting any Asian pupils in the year group, until they started ganging up together and fighting back. Gary, the Headteacher, was so shocked at what had happened that he got the whole of Year 8 to go to a special assembly in the hall.
    “This is completely unacceptable. We will not have this kind of racism happening in this school. Leon Grayson will not be back in school for a very long time”, he told the assembled students. Leon was excluded for a week and a half.
  2. Also at Woodrow Wilson School, Tommy in year 7 was discovered to have brought in a knife. Other students found out about this and reported it. He was sent home for the day and told that bringing a weapon into school was incredibly serious and if he ever did it again he would be kicked out. A month or two later he brought an airgun in. He was sent home for the day and told that bringing a weapon into school was incredibly serious and if he ever did it again he would be kicked out.
  3. Another racially motivated incident occurred in Year 11. Raj, an Asian boy with a long history of getting into trouble, managed to get into conflict with Malcolm, a white boy, apparently over nothing more than his skin colour.. He dealt with it by picking up the nearest blunt instrument and bludgeoning Malcolm around the head. Malcolm ended up in casualty with serious head injuries. The overwhelming majority of children in his year group were outraged. Raj was sent home. He looked like being the first permanent exclusion in the school for a very long time. A few weeks later he was allowed to come back.
  4. At Stafford Grove School, James Black was a special case. He’d been in very few lessons since the start of year 8. His habit of wandering off to throw rocks at nearby buildings helped minimise his attendance.. One day, having been taken out of lessons he ran off from senior management and returned on a mini-bike and rode it (illegally, of course) all around the school site. I don’t think they bothered with any type of exclusion. It’s not as if he was going to attend school twice in one week.
  5. At the Metroplitan School, Lemuel was one of those tiny year 9s who was always getting into fights with any student small enough to feel threatened by him. The new year 7s must have seemed like a dream come true. His victim, Connor, was a quiet boy and a convenient target. Lemuel pushed him down the stairs, splitting his face open. Connor ended up in casualty having stitches. After that Connor never came to school regularly again. He was constantly absent, or walking out of school complaining he was scared of the other children. He had no previous history of truancy. His educational chances may well have been ruined, only time will tell. Lemuel on the other hand is still in attendance.

I’m sure other people have worse tales. I await the responses.

Discussion of this entry has now appeared on TES.


  1. And the government has made it more difficult to exclude for more than 5 days. More than five days and they have to attend another school. No-one wants to have someone else’s excluded children for a short time.

  2. As I understand that particular change in the rules has increased the number of permanent exclusions:


  3. the year is 1996

    a berkshire secondary

    martin uses a knife to superficially cut a y9 boys throat from ear to ear.

    sanction? 5 days exclusion

    it didnt make the papers as the parents were persuaded by SMT to keep quiet.

    the victim had been a continous bullying target for years with easily manipulated parents.

  4. […] stories are impossible, given the kind of environment he describes (few serious consequences for children who misbehave, for instance, little or no backup from administration, and a steady stream it seems of arrogant, […]

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