A 13-year-old Kalgoorlie girl has been charged with assaulting a public officer after she allegedly beat up her teacher during class on Wednesday afternoon.

The student was in class around 12:30pm when she and a male teacher had a disagreement.

Police believe the incident turned sour when the young girl allegedly lashed out at the teacher, pulling clumps of his hair and hitting him with a bin.

She was allegedly pulled away from the fight by other teachers who heard their colleague’s screams.

In a statement released today, the school's principal said police were investigating an assault on a teacher and the student had, at this stage, been suspended for 10 days.

The 13-year-old was charged by police yesterday and will appear in Kalgoorlie Children’s Court on June 1.

After hearing about the incident, a concerned mother of a student at the school, which cannot be named for legal reasons, contacted the Kalgoorlie Miner and said it was the latest in a string of violence at the high school.

“They’ve had incidents which are dealt with in-house but I haven’t seen any real change in terms of violence,” the parent said.

“When you have a teacher being bashed around with their hair pulled out, it makes you really worry for the safety of your children.

“This girl is in my son’s class, if she does that sort of thing to the teacher, it’s frightening.”

A police spokesman said that police would allege that the girl had become upset in a classroom at a Goldfields high school and struck the male teacher repeatedly.

The West Australian

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