Forty-Five Teachers Resign Due to Student Violence

 Dozens of teachers have quit their jobs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania because of student violence… and it’s starting with kids as early as the first grade.

The Harrisburg Education Association said that at least 45 teachers resigned between July and October, and more have followed since.

A first grade teacher said: ’I have been kicked, punched, hit, scratched. I've had a student physically restraining me in front of my other students. Many of the personal things that I have bought for my classroom have been broken or destroyed.'

The HEA called for the board to do something in January, but they say that 'not much' has changed in the past year.

The President of the association said, ’Teachers and students are being hit, kicked, slapped, scratched, cussed at.... and observing other students flip over tables, desks and chairs. Teachers have had to take the rest of their class into the hallway to protect them during these outbursts.'

The School Superintendent agreed to the formation of a group to deal with the problem, but says she needs help from parents, too.

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