(RepublicanView.org) – A 15-year-old student in Ohio allegedly punched his teacher, leaving her with severe head injuries. Police found the student in the school’s lobby, where he was reportedly hallucinating after taking an unknown drug. The 60-year-old teacher underwent surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where doctors removed her skull cap to prevent brain swelling. Officers transferred the teenager to the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center and charged him with felonious assault.
A spokesperson for the Northwest Local Schools District described the attack as an “isolated incident,” and in a letter to parents, school officials stated, “We ask that our parents join us in keeping both our staff member and our student in your prayers.”
In a Washington Post article last year, a Maryland teacher said attacks on teachers are more frequent than ever and can blow up over minor issues. The Washington Teachers’ Union said the rise in school violence means educators spend more time dealing with obstructive pupils than helping students reach academic goals. “We’re scared to teach. We’re scared to do our job,” an unnamed teacher said. Speaking on condition of anonymity, she said she suffered an assault at the hands of a pupil’s aunt in front of her class. “I’ve been a teacher for 24 years, and I’ve never had that happen,” she added.
Research in 2022 revealed that 10% of teachers had been subjected to a physical attack by a pupil. Moreover, 40% reported knowing of at least one teacher in their district who had been assaulted. Principals were most likely to report being attacked, with 20% reporting such incidents.
Describing 2021 as the worst year for abuse they had ever experienced, some teachers attributed growing student aggression to the 2020 health emergency and the returning to school following an extended period of remote learning. “It was a year of emotional outbursts that we weren’t prepared for,” a Michigan educator said, according to Education Week.
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