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DE teachers' union: More students attacking teachers

Nov 24, 2018, Delaware State News: More teachers fear for their safety in school https://delawarestatenews.net/schools/more-teachers-fear-for-their-safety-in-school/ Violence by students against teachers is rising throughout the nation. According to the National Center for Education citations, the 6 percent of public school teachers reporting being physically attacked by a student in 2015–16 topped all previous survey years except for 2011-12. Other survey years indicate 4 percent of educators reported student attacks at school. The Delaware State Education Association — the teachers’ union — believes the number of incidents are growing and also include adults attacking teachers and staff. … Responding to student violence is a balancing act when age and special needs concerns are factored in as well, DSEA said. Some local school districts reported experiencing just a few assaults as training for educators on de-escalation tactics, among other factors, are paramount to a safe environment for all…. “The Delaware Department of Education supports the use of restorative practices and training staff members in de-escalation techniques to decrease physical contact and improve school climate,” spokeswoman Alison May said…. “Students who have been identified with more aggressive tendencies are often evaluated for special education and/or placed in more therapeutic environments,” he said.