also with your school having so many deprived areas dont you think about how you may be coming accross to them. in having a well known position dont you think you should be settting an example to these kids who may well be acting as they do because thats the only way they have ever known to act. these kids may look up to you and even if they are from a deprived area they could see these prefects and think they may try and become of that standard.
people should respect what they have and to overcome problem kids try to speak to them on their level and not act like you are so much better than them.
How very philosophical and hippyesque. I too have a 'few things to say':
A. I don't hunt down the prefect and torture them until they tell me why they weren't there. I simply enquire to see why they failed to turn up and if they have a valid reason then it's cool, but if they do not, I basically tell them it's not acceptable. The next time I have strong words and as a last resort I'd forward it to the prefect committee who would take it off them. The report is meant to be the first step so I'm actually being quite a nice 'bore.'
B. I am nice to the kids who are nice to me. Apologies for not minding my p's and q's when a ned is shouting abuse in my face. Sorry, but from experience I know that, 'excuse me, would you mind refraining from repeatedly forcing that boys head into a wall until he bleeds and loses consciousness' does not work. 'Hoy, what are you playing at?' does. Prefects are there to provide a physical presence of respectability and security for younger pupils and if they themselves are unable to stop bullies then who will? This is what the younger children look up to, someone who will stand up for them, not the prefect in the corner petrified to say anything and moaning.
You are there to do a 'duty' so get on with it. Your not furniture, your meant to be proactive and maintain the school rules. Therefore, you need to stand up to people and if someone 'attacks' you then you get them sorted by your school's staff. There is no way assault on a prefect would be tolerated, and as for the 6th year that had the can of juice poured on them - why the heck were they tolerating that? Get the little scumbag excluded or expelled, threaten them with police action - it is assault after all.
Stop being a victim.
1 - Be firm
2 - Show no weakness
3 - Be confident
4 - Repeat your message over and over until they listen i.e. 'your ot going this way'. 'look mate your not going this way, find an alternative route.', 'right, last warning if you proceed to go that way then we will have senior management find you and give you a weeks worth of detentions.'
5 - Stand tall and be counted, most neds are reasonable enough. If your alright enough to them then they will move. Just hold your ground, they'll respect it eventually.