NEARLY 55 pupils are kicked out of school every day over booze and drugs, shock figures obtained by The Sun on Sunday reveal.
The toll in England rose to 10,308 in the last school year — with 9,687 secondary-aged children suspended and 621 permanently expelled.
With the school year containing just 190 days, it means the daily average is 54.25. The total is up from 9,505 the year before — and 8,000 in 2013-14.
The alarming statistics emerged amid fears county lines gangs are targeting schoolkids to buy and sell drugs across the country.
Last month police smashed a drugs ring using 40 kids to deal at Kingsdown secondary in Swindon, Wilts.
Christopher McGovern, of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “The extent of drug and alcohol abuse in schools is being covered-up.
“Headteachers are terrified of the truth leaking out as it damages their schools’ reputation. The problem is becoming a health and mental emergency for our schools.”
Pupils have been punished for incidents such as turning up to school drunk or high, or trying to deal drugs.
The Department for Education figures can also include those constantly caught smoking cigarettes.
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Shockingly, even primary schools are affected.
Last year 15 children in Year 6, aged ten and 11, were sent home due to issues with alcohol, cigarettes or drugs.
There were 11 more in Year 5 and six in Year 4.
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