British teachers can now frisk studentsBy IANS
Sunday, November 21, 2010
LONDON - Britain will lay out new rules soon which would allow school teachers to frisk pupils for mobile phones, electronic gadgets and even pornography and cigarettes in a bid to prevent disruption in classrooms.
An education White Paper to be published next week will outline the new rights for teachers to be able to search students for any item which could interrupt lessons, The Independent reported.
School staff will be able to confiscate mobile phones, MP3 players and other electronic gadgets.
The reforms will also give staff the power to search pupils for items including pornography, cigarettes and fireworks.
Earlier, teachers could only search pupils’ clothes and bags for weapons, drugs, alcohol and stolen goods if the student did not give consent to the check.
The White Paper will also set out plans to simplify rules on the use of physical force, giving teachers greater powers to take disruptive children out of classrooms without fear of legal action.