Violence against teachers comes in so many forms, every single one of them completely unacceptable.
After looking into the research I reached out through my teaching networks and asked for actual teachers to tell me their stories.
They are nothing short of horrible.
The fact that any teacher has to go through this sort of abuse is ridiculous. We are educators, and we are not trained for or should expect to deal with violence.
Read the stories from only a handful of actual teachers below. There are literally millions more like these, some leagues worse and some not as bad, every one of them awful.
If you are interested in the research, impacts, statistics, and outcomes of violence against teachers, find that information here.
All of the stories shared here have had names and details removed to protect the identities of all involved.
“Teachers need hazard pay”
I worked in a school, teaching Year Two, when I had my first baby. Upon returning from maternity leave they had decided to keep my sub full time in my class, but had a spot to fill in Year Five. It was November and I was this class’s third teacher so far. I was called a “fat ugly bitch” by one student daily.
Another, who was taller than me (I’m 4’10”) enjoyed standing over me in attempts to intimidate me.
It culminated in a student charging at me with an upturned chair, legs toward me, and pinning me against a wall. He was not suspended. I quit a week later.
I currently work in a school, teaching Year One. While 38 weeks pregnant with my second baby, a student rammed into my stomach with his shoulder out of anger.
Teachers need hazard pay.
‘I was threatened and verbally abused.’
I had a parent repeatedly tell me he was a boxer and he would sort me out and all the parents and students who were involved in an incident with his daughter. He then came to school was verbally abusive and threatening, leaned across the desk and got right up in my face – his wife pulled him back. He then did the same to the principal.