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Banned for being unruly on the bus.

Byline: Claire Miller

A PUPIL aged just three years old was among more than 600 South Wales pupils banned from school buses for bad behaviour over the past five years.

Violence, starting fires and throwing things at the driver and passers-by were among the reasons for stopping pupils using transport services, research by the Echo has revealed.

Rhondda Cynon Taf issued bans to 383 pupils, some in nursery school, Cardiff to 111 and Bridgend to 58.

In total, 627 bans have been handed out over the past five years. Caerphilly handed out 41 bans, Vale of Glamorgan, 21, and Merthyr Tydfil, 13.

The youngest pupils suspended from school transport were aged just three, both in Rhondda Cynon Taf in 2010/11 - one for five days for failing to follow safety instructions and another for 45 days for physical assault.

Eight more pupils in Rhondda Cynon Taf were banned, one permanently for sexual behaviour. Two pupils were banned for five days each in 2013 in Bridgend for carrying out a dangerous act on a bus which put the lives of other pupils at risk.

Also in Bridgend, a pupil was banned for five days in 2012 for throwing a brick at the bus window from outside; another was banned for five days in 2014 for throwing a drinks can at another pupil, resulting in them going to A&E; one was banned in 2011 for five days for throwing a pen at the driver; while a pupil was given a 16-day ban in 2014 for throwing a water bottle and hitting a pedestrian.

A pupil aged about 15 in Rhondda Cynon Taf was banned for 31 days for pointing a laser at a police car from the bus, and 19 in the area received bans for opening the emergency exit while the vehicle was moving.

Six pupils in Rhondda Cynon Taf were banned for between 10 and 30 days for carrying offensive weapons.

Five pupils in Bridgend had their travel suspended for lighting aerosol sprays, while another was banned for five days in 2010 for heating up a paper clip and holding it against another pupil's face.

There were 10 permanent bans handed out, including a child of around seven in Rhondda Cynon Taf for physical assault and another of around 10 for sexual behaviour. In Cardiff one pupil was permanently banned.

In Caerphilly, 12 pupils were banned for aggressive behaviour, 22 for inappropriate behaviour and seven for causing vehicle damage.

Figures were revealed following Freedom of Information Act requests to councils.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 14, 2015
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