Edmond, OK: Nationally 10% of elementary teachers say they were threatened by students

Nov 27, 2017, Edmond (OK) Trumpet: Elementary Schoolteachers Flee Classroom Violence While problems with student violence are particularly bad in Harrisburg, this is a national problem. The National Center for Education Statistics released its 2016 Indicators of School Crime and Safety report, finding that “10 percent of elementary teachers and 9 percent of secondary teachers reported being threatened by a student from their school in 2011–12.” The same report found that “[d]uring the 2014–15 school year, there were 1.3 million reported discipline incidents in the United States for reasons related to alcohol, illicit drugs, violence or weapons possession that resulted in a student being removed from the education setting for at least an entire school day.” School violence is getting so bad because the moral fiber of America is breaking down. Former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett points out in his book The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators that a survey of U.S. school teachers in 1940 revealed that the top problems in America’s public school system were talking out of turn, chewing bubble gum, running in the hallways, cutting in line, and littering. By 1990, the top problems included drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery and assault. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, these problems have not gotten much better in the 27 years since.