(Germany) Elementary school teachers alarmed about 'extreme physical violence' from young students

Feb 23, 2018, (Germany) Deutsche Welle: Germany: Elementary school teachers put out call for help over 'violent' students Teachers at an elementary school in Germany have appealed to parents for help dealing with "extreme physical violence" from young students. With disciplinary measures failing, teachers are also turning to the police. Frequent fighting on the playground and in classrooms, children running out of class and leaving school, as well as "permanent" disruptions have turned normal class time into a daily nightmare for an elementary school in central Germany, southeast of Hanover. … "This is about violence in the school and sabotage," parents' council member Mandy Bähsel told MDR. She added that "children might not even dare to go to school because they're afraid of classmates because they've been beaten." She added that there were children in the first, second and third grades at the school that don't respect teachers or other students. According to Volksstimme, teachers detailed a winding list of issues in their letter, including: "extreme physical violence in class and during recess" as well as "sabotaging class time through permanent disruptions and brawls." Some students also "left class without permission" and derailed class by not showing up for class or "by hiding on school grounds," the paper reported, citing the letter. Sources told the Volksstimme that there were cases where children would simply leave school or run away while walking between the village and the school's gym. Some students also reportedly attacked classmates on the school bus…. For particularly severe cases involving physical injuries, the police and ambulance services will also be called in the future. … Saxony-Anhalt's state school board told MDR and Volksstimme that the teachers at Aue-Fallstein elementary school would soon receive special training and that "an analysis of the cause is necessary" in order to address the situation. As for the children, an unnamed parent told MDR: "It's the same everywhere, I think, that it's getting crazier ... it starts somewhere in elementary school."

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