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(Canada) School violence across Canada on the rise; primary and secondary schools

Feb 6, 2018, OHS Canada: No Child’s Play https://www.ohscanada.com/features/no-childs-play/ They have had enough. More and more teachers are speaking up about a problem that has largely remained under the radar — violence against teachers from students. … The findings of the survey, which was last conducted in 1999, will help BCTF officers, staff and committees raise awareness and create informed policies advocating for safe and respectful teaching environments in public schools in British Columbia. A preliminary report has been scheduled for release at the BCTF’s Violence Summit that took place in January and will be made available to members in spring. Along a similar vein, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) released results of a comprehensive member survey on classroom violence in June 2017. … “We knew that we had a fair proportion of our members who had either been subjected to or witnessed some form of violence or harassment,” says Liz Stuart, president of OECTA in Toronto. “We were surprised when we found out it was about 90 per cent of the respondents who said they had either witnessed or been subject to some form of violence or harassment in the workplace. That number was higher than we were expecting,” she adds. … Glen Hansman, president of BCTF in Vancouver, notes that there is a wide spectrum of violent acts committed by students against teachers, administrators, teaching assistants and principals. “There is a range of things that could happen, not only in secondary school settings, but also in primary classes and special-education settings as well,” he says, … Doucet agrees that the lack of professional resources when it comes to mental-health issues and behavioural support is one of the biggest challenges. .. Little recalls having a discussion with a retired teacher who, on one occasion, took 20 of her students out of a classroom because one of her students was having a meltdown. “That is one of the ways teachers cope: they just take the students out of harm’s way,” Little says. “That is very disruptive. … TOOLKIT OFFERS A HELPING HAND … The toolkit, which is designed to help identify behaviours, triggers and conditions associated with violence, serves as a resource for education assistants, instructional assistants, teachers, special-education specialists and nonteaching staff such as principals, vice principals, designates and the provincial labour ministry’s Joint Health and Safety Committee members. …