Residential trip, hotel accommodation, UK.
The student did not cope well with staying in a hotel which was obviously not their home territory. They fluctuated between being (1) self-pitying, (2) boisterous and happy, (3) aggressive. Eventually they attempted to push several students down a very steep slope.
Not really. I knew the student was a little odd from my experience of them in the class room, but they seemed pleasant enough and quite bright. I found out afterwards that they suffered from schizophrenia (the student informed me of this at a later date).
Luckily one of the group was a mature student with police training and he took control of the student in the incident above. Staff did not witness the incident and were informed by students later. I asked the student involved what had happened, to which I received no response. I also spoke to the other students and they confirmed the incident. I sought advice from a senior member of staff by telephone and the other helpers on the trip. This was the last day of the trip and we drove the student home with us. I reported to this to our head of department.
You tell me! I think we managed fairly well considering I was unaware of the illness.
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