A POLICE officer has slammed a school's handling of violence.

The criticism comes just weeks after a mother took the decision to home tutor her son due to bullying.

PC Paul Bower said at a public meeting last Monday that staff at Netherwood ALC were too willing to waste police time rather than deal with incidents of bullying themselves.

He went on to describe an incident last week in which he had been called in to the school to deal with a fight.

Julie Hart, 42, of Yvonne Grove, Wombwell, said she had taken her 13-year-old son out of the school because staff had failed to deal with him being bullied.

Principal Toby Eastaugh said: "There have been occasions where parents have contacted the police directly without our knowledge, who in turn have informed us."