Edinburgh Council have just suspended a group of teachers at an Edinburgh school for refusing to teach a small group of violent and abusive pupils. The teachers attended work, were prepared to teach their classes and provide work for these pupils but were not allowed into their classes and will have their pay docked. Today an initiative was launched to attempt to reduce assaults and abuse of NHS staff. Are teachers any different? Should teachers be able to refuse to teach such pupils (where there is clear evidence and justification) to maintain their safety, health and well being?