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There should be repercussions in place,
which can be tailored to the particular
school's policies, where staff access porno-
graphic material on school computers.
Where teachers or staff are suspected of
being in the possession of or producing child
pornography, however, the police should be
notified immediately and action taken to
remove the teacher from access to students.
The unlawful behaviours of students
and staff within a school can result in an
unhealthy school environment. School
authorities and teachers owe a duty of care
to ensure that reasonable care is taken so that
students are not exposed to unnecessary risk
of injury. Schools should have action plans
and risk management plans to deal with
illicit drug use and access to or possession of
pornographic material by students and staff
to make certain that our school environments
are the safe places we expect them to be. T
* Possession of sm all quantities of
cann abis is illegal, but not a criminal
offence in South Australia , Western
Australia, the Australian Capital
Territory and the Northern Territory.
Commonwealth v Introvigne (1982) 150
Richards v State of Victoria (1969) VR 136.
Bryant, C . (2009). Adolescence, pornog-
raphy and harm. Trends and Issues in
Crime and Crimin al Justice (Australian
Institute of Criminology). 368.
United Nations. (1959). Declaration
of the Rights of the Child. Available
IMG/ NR014209.pdf?OpenEle me nt
United Nations. (1989). Convention
on the Rights of the Child. Available
Leneen Forde is a partner and Ren a
Solomonidis is a solicitor at Cornwall
Stodart Lawye rs, Melbourne.
For furthe r infor mation, phone 03 9608
2000 or visit www.cornwalls.com. au
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