It’s not just students who can have a hard time in the school yard and increasingly teachers are finding themselves under attack.
In South Australia the number of teachers assaulted by students has reportedly doubled in three years, while around one a week is physically attacked by a parent.
Last year there were 549 reports of student violence against teachers in the state’s schools, a dramatic jump from 231 in 2012, according to data from the Department of Education.
“Acts of violence from students and threatened violence from parents have become an issue,” Australian Education Union state president Howard Spreadbury told Adelaide Now.
“This is partly a result of students with extreme behaviour and learning disabilities being in mainstream schools.”
“[The department] have been putting additional resources in some schools where there has been an extremely violent student” Mr Spreadbury said, but said more must be done.
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