Teachers Face More Violence in Classroom: Report

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A new study has found a sharp increase in the level of violence teachers face while working in Ontario's elementary school.

The report out of the University of Ottawa surveyed more than 1,600 educators in 2018 to gauge the number of times teachers encountered violence from students, parents or administrators.

It found the numbers have increased nearly seven-fold with about 54% of teachers saying they have experienced physical violence such as punching, kicking or biting by students.

72% reported verbal insults or obscene gestures.

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board says it tracks all violent incidents and reports them to the ministry but it doesn't distinguish between student on student or student on teacher incident.

The public school board has not responded to calls from AM800 on the report.