McArthur: Teachers there to teach not search

Responding to today’s statement by the Deputy First Minister on the outcome of the Bailey Gwynne report, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said: 

“The death of Bailey Gwynne was a tragedy. One year on, our thoughts remain with his family, who have shown such dignity, and friends, who have provided them with invaluable support.

“In difficult circumstances, however, I believe the government is right to resist calls for teachers to have statutory powers to search children and young people.  That would have fundamentally changed the relationship between teachers and pupils, undermining trust and confidence.  Our schools must be made as safe as possible, but teachers would be the first to say that they are there to teach rather than search pupils.  

"These powers should remain firmly in the hands of the police, subject to the changes being brought in through the new code of practice. I am pleased that the Minister has reached the same conclusion."

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