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(New Zealand) Primary/early childhood students-with "increasingly complex needs"-attacking teachers

Oct 3, 2017, New Zealand Herald: Teachers kicked and bitten by students http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11928828 Teachers say they are struggling to cope with growing numbers of children who are violent - and often still in nappies. Two-thirds of 380 mainly primary and early childhood teachers raised their hands at the NZ Educational Institute conference in Rotorua when asked if they had been hit or assaulted by children recently. Three-quarters raised their hands when asked if they were working with children with increasingly complex needs. Teachers spoken to by the Herald said they had been kicked and bitten by students. A behaviour specialist said many children were starting school without the social skills required to "self-regulate" their behaviour because their main interactions had been with technology, not people. A rural primary school principal struggling to cope with a child who was not toilet-trained said she was "blown away" at a regional meeting where every principal said they had at least one child in nappies in their school.... "I have been in this area 22 years and both the severity of the behaviours, and the number of kids with behaviour problems, have definitely increased," she said. "It's spitting, swearing, throwing objects, throwing objects at other children, ransacking classrooms."…. …But Oliver said there were now not enough behaviour specialists available to provide long-term support after a short-term intervention....