Earlier in this month of October, a young school student was grabbed by his bag and dragged to the floor by a grown adult at a local bus stop.

On a cold early morning, around the time of 7:00am, a young school student, aged 11, was grabbed by the back of his schoolbag, and was dragged down the floor by a grown adult, it was a surprsing scene for the people present, with another adult quick to react to the defense of the child that the behaviour of the man was unacceptable, for the reason that 'hes a child, and you're a grown adult'.

A sixth form student who witnessed the scene, had this to say - "I think that although the boy was acting rude and ignorant to everyone around him, he didn't deserve to be dragged onto the floor the way he was."

This begs the question as to whether or not the behaviour of younger children is increasingly getting worse and worse. Even the man who commited the act argued the child was behaving in a 'disrespectful' manner towards him.

In recent years, the number of misbehaviours in school have been increasing, with a 15% increase in the number of pupils being expelled from schools between 2015-6 and 2016-7. Is the behaviour of young children slowly getting worse, and is this an example of why something must be addressed, or is it a one off incident that would most likely not occur again?

By Walter Dombojena, Charles Darwin School