(Canada) Sault St. Marie: Inclusion means "violent behavior" in the classroom

Oct 4, 2017, Sault Ste. Marie Star (Ontario): OP-ED: The sad ABCs of classroom violence Do you know what's going on in your child's elementary school classroom? Do you know what "inclusion" looks like today in schools? Sit down, because you may be in for quite a shock.... Yes, but there is a much darker side to inclusion that people don't want to discuss, so much so that some people who had agreed to speak to me, later recanted. Inclusion means that students ranging from minor learning disabilities to full-fledged histories of violent behaviour are scattered throughout our classrooms. It turns out that the practice of integration also looks like: objects and chairs flying across the room; people getting severely bitten; EAs being stabbed with scissors and pencils; yelling and profanity; a child waving their arms while dancing up on a table; a very elaborate death threat being issued to an adult; a "climber" poised on top of an armoire six feet tall; hair being pulled; people getting spat at; a boy being told by another boy what he would like to do to him sexually (he's in Grade 2); a child choking another; classrooms, libraries, and offices being trashed; classrooms being evacuated. ... I interviewed a number of educators, all from different schools, and both boards, some full-time and some casual with experience at a number of schools. Each had dozens of harrowing stories. Parents have told me that their child is terrified to go to school and tried to change classrooms. One eventually changed boards to avoid the daily stress of being in a classroom with a particular violent student, only to end up in a class with several students with severe behavioural issues (there are no caps to integration).... How can "normal" students possible learn with, as one interviewee called it, "a circus going on around them?" How can those with minor learning or behavioural issues possibly put their head down to concentrate when they're worried they might have an object hurled at them? Want to know what's going on in your child's classroom? You may have to ask your child a number of questions that before now seemed unimaginable