The day has finally come when students are claiming that after-school detentions are violations of their human rights.
The government of Scotland is now warning hundreds of teachers against holding unruly pupils after class, based on advice from their attorneys.
Four education districts covering major cities including Glasgow have issued the edict, and three others have already changed their procedures to require parental permission to keep kids after class.
According to the London Telegraph, the move comes after a 15-year-old high-school student sued education officials on the grounds that her detention violated the European Convention of Human Rights.
“If teachers treated pupils with more respect, they would show them more consideration in return,” Freya Macdonald told the Telegraph.
“My friends still get detention, even though it is against the European Convention.”
Macdonald is basing her case on three sections of the ECHR:
- Article 5 says it’s illegal to keep children in school against their will unless a court order has first been obtained;
- Article 2 states every child has the right to an education;
- and Article 3 protects children from any treatment deemed to be degrading.
The action is being strongly condemned by both politicians and the heads of teachers’ unions.
“It is high time we started taking parents of the most unruly pupils through the courts ourselves,” Bill Fitzpatrick, former president of the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association told the Telegraph.
“It may reach a point where our schools require resident police officers to protect staff from parents and pupils.”