school pupils that can be both demanding and challenging at times

The text is from an advert for a job as a teacher in a PRU. A PRU is a place where there send the naughty children who didn’t fit in at school. In a PRU they give them a more concentrated dose of the same poison.

Now. I thought that the convention was to refer to people as “who”. As in “who can be both demanding and challenging”. One might perhaps say “please consider this job in a zoo with crocodiles that can be challenging at times”. Whoever wrote this text seems to have failed to make the normal human distinction between animals and people.

Yet this culture permeates the whole of modern schooling…