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TEACHER PLEAS FOR PANIC BUTTONS AND SECURITY CAMERAS IN SCHOOLS

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A former teacher who was shot while on duty yesterday called for panic buttons and TV cameras in schools to protect...
A former teacher who was shot while on duty yesterday called for panic buttons and TV cameras in schools to protect staff, reports The Yorkshire Post (p4).

The paper says education authorities such as Newcastle City Council are phasing in a system of panic buttons in most of their schools, connecting them to local police stations, but there are no similar plans in Humberside, North Yorkshire or Sheffield.

Duncan Brindle, former headteacher of Nunsthorpe Primary School in Grimsby, suffered a catalogue of real and threatened violence culminating with him being shot in his office by a youth two years ago, reports the paper.

Humberside County Council education committee chair Maxwell Bird said he was not aware that schools in Humberside were suffering such a problem to merit panic buttons, but added it would be up to them to consider the need.
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