Study suggests increase in violence towards elementary school teachers in Ontario

CKTB NEWS | Teacher violence

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.