TORIES are demanding to know why pupils committing serious crimes are not being permanently excluded.
Across Cheshire, 6,380 children were sent home from school last year for offences including physical assault, sexual misconduct and theft. Of these, 219 were alcohol or drug related.
But according to the latest government figures, just 110 of the violent or disruptive children were permanently expelled.
Stuart Penketh, Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Ellesmere Port and Neston, said: “Since 1997, the government has made it more difficult to expel disruptive children from schools.
“This has undermined the authority of headteachers and meant that bullies end up back at the same school as their victims.”