Australian National Rugby League player David Williams allegedly planking after a try during the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights game on March 27.
Australian National Rugby League player David Williams allegedly planking after a try during the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights game on March 27. CHANNEL NINE

Principals given planking advice

IF you plank at school, think whether your principal would find your stunt amusing.

The answer is most likely no, and you could be suspended or expelled.

The Department of Education and Training has issued advice to all Queensland state schools that punishment for planking during school hours is at the discretion of principals and “common sense”.

The department was flooded with media inquiries on Thursday regarding planking in schools. It refused to release to The Morning Bulletin the number of local students who had been suspended or expelled for attempting the activity.

The statement, released on Thursday, says principals should use their discretion and common sense to decide what is dangerous or unsafe behaviour and students would be disciplined in line with the school’s Responsible Behaviour Plan.

“Parents are encouraged to discuss the dangers of planking with their children.”

“Any behaviour that disrupts the learning of other students must not be tolerated. Further, any dangerous behaviour ... which puts students, staff or visitors to the school at risk must not be tolerated, and to ensure vigilance during class time and in the breaks, staff should also be alerted to these risk-taking behaviours...”

Planking involves people posing face down in a horizontal position in unusual and potentially risky locations.



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