Study suggests increase in violence towards elementary school teachers in Ontario
A study suggests there's been a sharp increase in the level of violence teachers face while working in Ontario's elementary schools.
A team of researchers from the University of Ottawa surveyed more than 16-hundred educators last year.
They were trying to figure out the number of times the teachers encountered violence from students, parents or administrators during the 2017-18 school year.
They compared those results to a survey done by three major unions in 2005 -- which found that only seven per cent of teachers at the time reported experiencing bullying over the course of their careers.
The researchers found that number had surged nearly seven-fold in the intervening years.
Just over half of respondents said they experienced physical violence and nearly three in four reported explicit verbal insults or obscene gestures from students.
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