Levels of "sexual misconduct" by North Yorkshire pupils among highest in England

NORTH Yorkshire has some of the highest levels of children excluded from school for sexual misconduct in schools in England, figures indicate.

Between January 2010 and September 2013 there were at least 124 incidents of a child being excluded from school for being involved in a sexual act – the fifth highest number in England.

The vague term “sexual misconduct” is used to describe incidents from graffiti to serious offending, such as sexual abuse and using pornography in school.

According to figures released to the Press Association under the Freedom of Information Act, the youngest child to be excluded was at least one boy in year two in 2012, when pupils are aged from six to seven-years-old.

At least six primary school boys, five secondary school girls and 112 secondary school boys have been given fixed term exclusions.

There have been fewer than five permanent exclusions in North Yorkshire for sexual misconduct.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire County Council said it “takes the issue of sexual misconduct among children and young people in schools very seriously” which had meant numbers of incidents had dropped.

She said: “Figures reported in 2013 are less than half of what they were in 2010. However, data of this nature may not be closely comparable, with local authorities using very different systems for the collation of such incidents.”

According to the figures, the region has the fifth highest numbers of incidents recorded in England after Brent, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk. Where children could be identified, local authorities have been cautious about releasing any specific details.

Across England, children as young as five have been excluded from school for sexual misconduct ranging from abuse, harassment and bullying to “sexting” inappropriate images of themselves and watching pornography.

Child welfare charities and politicians described the figures as “extremely concerning” and called on the Government to clamp down on the ease with which children can access internet pornography, and to implement a “robust” sex education programme.

Jon Brown, head of tackling child sexual abuse at the NSPCC, said: “The extent of sexual harassment, inappropriate sexual behaviour and in the worst cases violence by children is extremely concerning.”

The large majority of incidents concerned boys, with only nine per cent involving girls.

Former children’s television presenter and Lib Dem peer, Baroness Benjamin, said she was not surprised by the data. She said: “I believe one of the main contributory factors is children being exposed to pornographic online material which is easily available on the internet, and they are emulating what they see.”

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10:50am Thu 12 Dec 13

Guy Fawkes says...

So the movie "Inbred" wasn't all fiction, then!
So the movie "Inbred" wasn't all fiction, then! Guy Fawkes

11:00am Thu 12 Dec 13

BL2 says...

Former children’s television presenter and Lib Dem peer, Baroness Benjamin, said she was not surprised by the data. She said: “I believe one of the main contributory factors is children being exposed to pornographic online material which is easily available on the internet, and they are emulating what they see.”

Rubbish! 30 years ago or so **** was been used / seen by children. Usually, but not exclusively, found in hedges mind you!
[quote]Former children’s television presenter and Lib Dem peer, Baroness Benjamin, said she was not surprised by the data. She said: “I believe one of the main contributory factors is children being exposed to pornographic online material which is easily available on the internet, and they are emulating what they see.” [/quote] Rubbish! 30 years ago or so **** was been used / seen by children. Usually, but not exclusively, found in hedges mind you! BL2

11:34am Thu 12 Dec 13

TheTruthHurts says...

Its called 'sexual misconduct' now.

Once upon a time it was just part of growing up.

Of course there are boundaries. But the article would imply that there are kids being expelled for having ****, and graffiti..... Who hasnt drawn a picture of a **** on a school desk.

Do these punishments really fit the crimes? They are kids FFS
Its called 'sexual misconduct' now. Once upon a time it was just part of growing up. Of course there are boundaries. But the article would imply that there are kids being expelled for having ****, and graffiti..... Who hasnt drawn a picture of a **** on a school desk. Do these punishments really fit the crimes? They are kids FFS TheTruthHurts

4:48pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Teabag1 says...

I believe it's a lot worse now because of internet access and sex all over the tv, kids are abusing kids it said on the news last week, it's one thing sneaking a look at busty babes monthly and another having access to hardcore **** online at 8 years old. It must be doing some damage, we will probably see in years to come unfortunately.
I believe it's a lot worse now because of internet access and sex all over the tv, kids are abusing kids it said on the news last week, it's one thing sneaking a look at busty babes monthly and another having access to hardcore **** online at 8 years old. It must be doing some damage, we will probably see in years to come unfortunately. Teabag1

5:43pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I obviously had a sheltered upbringing. "Having ****?" Not that anyone here will be able to set my mind at rest, but what is "****"? I can imagine what a **** looks like (several different sorts of ****s, actually) and I know what having a **** is (four of them at least) but "having ****"? Is that the same as having *** (which isn't that rude to say at all)?

Enlighten me, please.
I obviously had a sheltered upbringing. "Having ****?" Not that anyone here will be able to set my mind at rest, but what is "****"? I can imagine what a **** looks like (several different sorts of ****s, actually) and I know what having a **** is (four of them at least) but "having ****"? Is that the same as having *** (which isn't that rude to say at all)? Enlighten me, please. Ignatius Lumpopo

5:00am Fri 13 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

How far does this "sexual misconduct" term go I wonder.... would it include getting a copy of Page 3 and then sticking it on the back window of the school bus home? because if it does, then kids were doing that well over 10 years ago. And same goes for drawing certain things on desks/walls.
How far does this "sexual misconduct" term go I wonder.... would it include getting a copy of Page 3 and then sticking it on the back window of the school bus home? because if it does, then kids were doing that well over 10 years ago. And same goes for drawing certain things on desks/walls. Magicman!

2:19pm Fri 13 Dec 13

PKH says...

When I saw the headline I thought it was about extra curricular activities behind the bike shed. In my day if anyone was found with pornographic magazines you would be belt with them and have them confiscated, not excluded from school.
When I saw the headline I thought it was about extra curricular activities behind the bike shed. In my day if anyone was found with pornographic magazines you would be belt with them and have them confiscated, not excluded from school. PKH

4:29pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Teabag1 says...

Is there something wrong with u all making jest at kids using sexual abuse and sexual violence in schools? Have any of you actually read the article properly? I think your loose comments are worrying. Although I forgot most folk who comment on here are weird old men. WTF
Is there something wrong with u all making jest at kids using sexual abuse and sexual violence in schools? Have any of you actually read the article properly? I think your loose comments are worrying. Although I forgot most folk who comment on here are weird old men. WTF Teabag1

5:34pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Oyy you says...

Teabag1 wrote:
Is there something wrong with u all making jest at kids using sexual abuse and sexual violence in schools? Have any of you actually read the article properly? I think your loose comments are worrying. Although I forgot most folk who comment on here are weird old men. WTF
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[quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: Is there something wrong with u all making jest at kids using sexual abuse and sexual violence in schools? Have any of you actually read the article properly? I think your loose comments are worrying. Although I forgot most folk who comment on here are weird old men. WTF[/p][/quote]Div Oyy you

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