NL Federation of School Councils

Violence in Schools Increasing

Press Release

For Immediate Release

September 20, 2018 (St. John’s, NL)………………..The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils (NLFSC) says the bear spray incident at Prince Of Wales Collegiate points towards a bigger issue of violence and behaviour issues in schools.

The issue of violence in schools is certainly not isolated to this one school. The poor behaviour of some students and the impact it is having on students, teachers, administrators and the quality of learning has been a concern of NLFSC and our members for a long time,” says Ruby Hoskins, Past President of NLFSC. “Violence in Schools, which includes bullying, is one of the main issues discussed at our General and Biennial Meetings. It’s an issue that rather than decreasing seems to be increasing.”

NLFSC says School Councils are concerned about the effect school violence is having on students and the time and the workload it places on teachers and Administrators.

Classroom instruction in NL is disrupted every day because of behavioural issues,” says Hoskins. “Behavior problems distract other students from learning and require teachers to spend precious instructional time on discipline and behavior management. And in many situations teachers are bullied, threatened and attacked as well.”

NLFSC says teachers shouldn’t be left to manage discipline by themselves. Teachers and Administrators need supports and resources to address the behaviour issues, and teachers and parents need to work together.

We feel that parents, schools, and communities want to do everything they can to ensure that their students are safe. “Parents can play a strong role in promoting schools’ use of security measures and violence-prevention strategies,” says Hoskins. “Parents can powerfully impact the safety of their children’s schools by being advocates for school safety and ensuring that they, and their children, contribute to the wellness of the school community. It is critical that parents talk with their children and set expectations for behaviour both at home and school. Parents also need to support, not blame teachers and administrators when addressing negative behaviour.”

NLFSC commends the staff at Prince of Wales Collegiate for their actions in moving quickly to address the incident at their school.

We applaud them for taking immediate and appropriate action,” says Hoskins. “We also extend our support to the parents and students involved. It is important that we all work together to take a stand against violence in the schools.”

For more information please contact:

Ruby Hoskins 709-279-5037 Email:

Craig Tavenor: 709-687-9244