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(Canada) Ottawa: Teachers face aggression from special needs students

Nov 15, 2017, (Canada) CBC: 'I wasn't kept safe': Injured Ottawa teacher recounts violent attack http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/i-wasn-t-kept-safe-injured-ottawa-teacher-recounts-violent-attack-1.4395121 ...Lamonica, 59, says this past April, he was protecting a female student from a 17-year-old male student at a high school in Ottawa, when suddenly the male threw him across his office desk. Lamonica says he landed on the floor shattering his hip and tearing his rotator cuff. "I tried to get up, but I was in so much pain," said Lamonica. "When I looked up the student had actually picked up an upholstered chair — a very heavy one. He had lifted it over his head."… The retired teacher is now raising questions about whether the school system is equipped to handle students with behavioural issues while keeping teachers safe. … Lamonica's union, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association, says students acting violently towards teachers is a growing problem across Canada and is pushing for change. … Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) commissioned a member survey last June which reported 60 per cent of teachers surveyed have personally experienced violence in the school. "We've had members' hair pulled to the ground," said OECTA president Liz Stuart. "We've had concussions. We've had chair throwing to scissors being flung across classrooms …. We've seen a steady increase in violent incidents … and now it's becoming even more pronounced across all systems." Stuart said she's concerned teachers often fail to report acts of violence. Nearly 25 per cent of the teachers surveyed said they were either encouraged or actively pressured by administration not to fill out a reporting form or call police. …