Survey: School staff members on receiving of many violent incidents

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While much of the focus on education during the pandemic was on kids in schools, a new survey reveals the negative impact on teachers and school staff members.

The American Psychological Association surveyed nearly 15,000 teachers, administrators, and school staff members.

They were asked about their experience with threats of violence from students, parents, colleagues and administrators – as well as physical violence from students.

One in three teachers reported at least one incident of verbal harassment or threatening behavior from a student.

In addition, 29% reported at least one incident from a parent of a student.

It gets worse for administrators. The survey finds 37% percent reported at least one incident of harassment or threat of violence from a student. In addition, 42% reported the same from a parent.

When it comes to physical violence, 14% of teachers, 18% of psychologists and social workers, 15% of administrators, and 22% of other school staff reported physical violence from a student.