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Words like institutional intimidating uncaring

The stories about assaults on school employees are particularly distressing because they are so numbingly repetitious: Statistics don’t lie: According the U. Department of Education, 127,120 (4 percent) public school teachers (K-12) were physically attacked at school—hit, kicked, bitten, slapped, stabbed or shot—during the 2007-08 school year.

Among other things, they requested an injunction requiring the Board to comply with the law.

MTI also sends a copy to the principal to ensure that the official does not inadvertently violate the order.

Some of the recent successful cases brought by MTI include a student (and gang member) who threatened a teacher with the words, “What if I gun you down”; a student who kicked and punched a teacher and threatened to kill him; and a student who yelled at a teacher “I’m going to burn your house down and come to your funeral.” MTI has been providing this service for some 20 years, and handles 12 or so cases a year.

If the building principal or superintendent fails to take action to remove the threat, e.g., by returning the student to class, then the association could file a grievance and perhaps take it to arbitration.

It also is important for the local association to lobby the school district to adopt policies and a protocol giving staff specific guidance for dealing with disruptive and violent students.

And an Ohio court allowed a teacher to sue the parents of an autistic student who viciously attacked her because the parents knew about the student’s violent tendencies, but failed to warn the teacher.

One part of the solution to school violence is for local associations to bargain language in their collective agreements recognizing the employees’ right to a safe working environment, including the right to be free from threats of violence from students.

The Indiana State Teachers Association, for example, funded a lawsuit by three teachers who were targeted by a student’s website entitled “tyme-2-dye,” which identified the teachers as “satan worshipping demons.” The student and his mother settled by paying the teachers $5,000.