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New Report Shows Melbourne Schools Are At The Centre Of Ice

A Fairfax media report has said that Victoria’s ice epidemic has hit schools, with teaching agencies fielding calls from desperate principals wanting help.

According to the report, students are turning up to class ravaged by ice with some teachers now working in pairs for safety.

Parents are now calling for teachers to receive special training to help them respond to students using the drug.

Principals who spoke to Fairfax did not want to be named but detailed the following incidents;

• a former student experiencing an ice induced psychotic episode drove his car into the school and ran barefoot into the office, asking for help
• students affected by ice showing up to class, unable to learn
• a business manager at a metropolitan school stole money from the school to fuel their ice addiction
• one school hired a motel for a Year 12 student whose mother was an ice addict. The student wanted a decent sleep during their VCE exams but their mother did not sleep for weeks on end, keeping her awake.
• one rural school asked staff to work in pairs for safety reasons

Victoria’s Youth and Alcohol Advice manager Cara Munro Steensma said the service had received calls from that were worried about ice amongst students.

She said ‘’"The calls tend to be from schools where there is a high number of students who experience disadvantage,"

Ms Steensma said many of these students also experienced mental health issues, family breakdowns, unstable housing, poverty and had involvement with child protection. Most were 17 or 18-years-old, she said.

The government has recently launched an online training package to help frontline workers, including teachers, to respond to those affected by ice.

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