Primary schools at ‘breaking point’ over violent children

first_imgRadio NZ News 10 April 2017Family First Comment: Most of the Principals blame poverty, but the Principal of Manurewa East School gets it right….“There’s many factors, from the fact that they’re sometimes on devices all day long, they’re not getting enough sleep, they’ll have parents who abandoned them. There are so many boys who don’t have fathers or they have fathers who are just poor, poor role models. I’m just very sick of it.”Violent behaviour by children is on the rise and teachers are enduring assaults that have included kicks to the groin and a pencil in the eye, primary school principals say.The Principals Federation and the Educational Institute (NZEI) said their members were reporting a growing problem caused by deprivation and family dysfunction.But the Education Ministry said it was not aware of any research or statistics that backed up principals’ claims.Last week, Northland schools threatened to start suspending violent children because of a lack of support. The president of the Principals Federation Whetu Cormick said it was a national problem.“I’m hearing from my colleagues across the country that they’re at breaking point with the number of high behaviour issues that are in their schools,” he said.Mr Cormick said principals from all over the country had told him about assaults on themselves and on their staff.“I’ve heard that principals have been assaulted, punched, kicked, kicked in the private parts, a teacher who was poked in the eye with a pencil who needed medical attention. Furniture being thrown around the room which has contacted professionals who work in the room.”Mr Cormick said for some children violent behaviour was a result of other special education needs.“Young people who have got multiple issues including ADHD for example. We’ve got children who are suffering from various syndromes. We’re also hearing about children who are anxious and some of them who have been diagnosed with depression.”Wellington principal Mark Potter said he had heard similar stories while travelling the country as a member of the NZEI’s executive.“We’ve always had children who’ve been challenging. It’s the number of children that we have that is the big issue right now,” he said.Mr Potter said deprivation appeared to be the cause of the problem.“It seems to be very much related to the growing disparities in our communities and society. So the more families that are under duress or under stress suffering from poverty the more you’ve got children who are actually experiencing those things and presenting at school with behaviours arising from that.”The principal of Manurewa East School, Phil Palfrey, said he had expelled two children already this year because they were too dangerous to have around other children.He said the children did not have disabilities or special needs, they were simply violent.“Sometimes other children have had to pull these kids off other children to stop them from getting worse. And that’s with adults who are near who are paid to look after these children – these children can be so quick and so unpredictable that even a close adult can’t get there quickly.”Mr Palfrey blamed bad parenting. “There’s many factors, from the fact that they’re sometimes on devices all day long, they’re not getting enough sleep, they’ll have parents who abandoned them. There are so many boys who don’t have fathers or they have fathers who are just poor, poor role models. I’m just very sick of it.”Helping children depended on parents who were willing to cooperate and the problem area was those families who refused to do that, he said.READ MORE:‘breaking-point’-over-violent-childrenKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inboxlast_img read more

Point season underway at Raceway Park

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (April 17) – Raceway Park got its 2016 IMCA championship points season underway Sunday night with action in five divisions.The first feature of the evening was in the KISS 107.1 IMCA Sport Compact division. Tyler Thomp­son took the lead early and held off the field for 11 laps before the white flag flew. Coming out of turn two, Thompson’s car began to slow and by the third turn, Ramsey Meyer had driven by to take the feature win.Next out were the Car Quest IMCA Hobby Stocks for their 14 lap feature. Dustin Gulbrandson led the early going before Dave Riley made the pass out of the second turn to take the point. A four car crash with four laps to go brought the field together, and after two restarts, a final caution led to a green, white, checkered finish where Riley held off the field for the win.The MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod feature saw Kirk Beatty lead while Kaleb Kennedy latched onto his tail. Kennedy stalked Beatty until he made the move to the lead with four laps remaining and held off Beatty to the checkers.The Casey’s General Stores IMCA Stock Car main saw a strong field of drivers go at it for 16 laps. At the drop of the green, Casey Jones held the lead from his front row starting position until Chris Mills shot by on the third lap. For the remainder of the feature, Mills ran out front uncontested.The final feature of the night was a 20 lapper for Total Motors IMCA Modifieds. Ricky Stephan took the lead at the drop of the green and held onto it until the first caution came out on lap 16 for a crash involving Jim Cole, Chris Abelson, and Chad Ten Napel.On the restart, Stephan came under fire from Ryan Gaylord with the duo coming off turn four on the final lap, side by side with Stephan edging to the victory. Behind the top duo, Justin Zeitner and Anthony Roth rounded out the top four.last_img read more

IMCA Coronavirus Response Broadcast Program

first_imgIf you are a video professional with experience in camera operation or video production, and are interested in working at an IMCA member track, please complete the following form: IMCA and SPEED SPORT have begun the process of securing equipment and creating planning timelines. We will provide ongoing guidance as more details become available. The preliminary launch date is scheduled for May 7th.  As a member track, please register you interest by completing the following form: Each track will determine pricing and purchasing options based on their unique considerations. Options for standalone pay-per-view or subscription-based live-streamed video will be available. We will connect you with our regional broadcast affiliates for production or provide training if an affiliate is unavailable. At a future date, tracks will have the opportunity to create their own white-labelled website, channels, and phone apps. With this program, IMCA will make every effort to provide member tracks with simple, turn-key options for video broadcasting equipment, execution guidance, and the platform for distribution and payment. Through our newly formed relationship with the SPEED SPORT Network, IMCA.TV will be launched to provide a single video platform destination for all IMCA member tracks. “We will go to whatever lengths necessary to ensure our tracks can continue operation,” said Brett Root, President of IMCA. The primary goal of IMCA has always been to ensure health and provide certainty to member tracks, and given the current environment, we feel our responsibility to explore all options for operation to our promoters. VINTON, Iowa – In response to the continued uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic, IMCA has developed guidance and planning for IMCA member tracks to execute the live-streamed broadcasting of events. “Broadcasting is an essential marketing and revenue tool for promoters. In these extremely challenging times, we want to make it as seamless as possible for member tracks to have access to broadcasting, and ultimately, to survive today and thrive over the long run,” said Joe Tripp, SPEED SPORT CEO.last_img read more

Florida Panthers to host 2021 NHL All-Star Game

first_imgThe NHL All-Star Game is headed back to the Sunshine State.The Florida Panthers have been selected to host the 2021 edition of the NHL’s annual midseason showcase, with the league confirming Friday multiple reports from earlier in the week. It marks the second time the All-Star Game will take place in Sunrise, Fla., with the Panthers also having hosted in 2003. The Tampa Bay Lightning have hosted twice (1999, 2018), making next year’s event the fourth time the state of Florida has welcomed the star-studded affair. Tampa is also hosting Super Bowl 55, and should the NHL schedule the 2021 edition the weekend prior to next year’s NFL championship, it means the two marquee events will be held back-to-back in the nearby Florida cities. NHL All-Star Game 2020: Captains, rosters & coaches | Skills competition participants & events “We are excited to bring the NHL’s midseason showcase for the best and brightest stars from around the League to the home of the Florida Panthers and South Florida hockey fans,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.“The Florida Panthers are thrilled to welcome hockey fans from around the world to South Florida for NHL All-Star Weekend,” Florida Panthers president and CEO Matt Caldwell said. “This is one of the league’s premier events of the year and we couldn’t be more proud to have it in our backyard.”In addition to the 2003 All-Star Game, the Panthers also hosted the 2001 and 2015 NHL drafts.last_img read more