Rise in violent incidents teachers face in elementary schools

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A University of Ottawa study has found a startling increase in the level of violence teachers face while working in Ontario’s elementary schools.

They then compared those results to a survey undertaken by three major unions in 2005, which found that only seven per cent of teachers at the time reported experiencing bullying over the course of their careers.

The researchers found that number had surged nearly seven-fold in the intervening years, with 54 per cent of respondents saying they had experienced physical violence such as punching, kicking or biting – primarily at the hands of students.

The survey found 72 per cent of participants reported explicit verbal insults or obscene gestures from a student, with 41 per cent saying they’d had similar encounters with a parent.

The report says such incidents included anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim slurs delivered in class, taunts of “build the wall,” and calls for teachers to “go back to your country.”

It is sometimes hard to believe that elementary students could suggest to a teacher that she or he should go back to their countries. If this is the case, it is the parents of the child that should face some investigation. -CINEWS

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