Apparently, the growing popularity of “zero tolerance” policies towards bad behaviour in schools is “feeding a mental health crisis” among pupils, according to Jonathan Reddiford, a delegate from North Somerset at the NUT (NEU??) Conference, who said that in some cases, imposing a “zero tolerance” behavioural policy is “nothing short of child abuse”. I have to say here that I disagree with him. Michael Holland, a teacher form Lambeth in south London, said that “zero tolerance” behaviour policies are “cruel, Victorian, Dickensian”. He added that they “punish working class children the most”, and black and minority ethnic (BME) pupils are more likely to be excluded. I disagree with him too. Rules are rules. They apply in society beyond school, in the community, in the workplace. Get used to them.