Teaching assistant reveals that she suffered a miscarriage when she was violently kicked in the stomach by a student
A survey done by GMB union found that more than half of school support staff have gone through violence at their workplace and have little or no help from school authorities.
A survey done by the GMB union found out that a teaching assistant suffered a miscarriage after a student of hers violently kicked her in the stomach. The assistant is one among more than half of school support staff who have come forward and said that they have gone through workplace violence with some of them even being threatened by parents of the students. The assaults that have been named by members of the union have said that there have been stabbings as well as a case of attempted strangulation by an 8-year-old student. Teaching assistants and other staff in schools have said that they have been kicked, punched, and bitten in some instances.
The Daily Mail reported that one person has told the GMB that they have had feces thrown at them and others have come forward and said that they have been spat at and have also had their hair cut off. The teaching assistant, who has remained anonymous, has said: "I was pregnant and a child kicked me really hard."
She continued: "After that incident I started bleeding and lost my baby. I fell into a deep depression, especially as the school did nothing to support me." A survey that had been conducted of around 4,800 school support staff has revealed that there are a multitude of violent incidents that involve children who are even as young as 8-years-old.
A little over half the number of those surveyed have said that they have experienced violence at their workplace as well as more than 770 workers saying that they had been attacked at least once every week. One of the support workers said that a chair had been thrown at her and another said a piece of cement was thrown at him.
One of the support workers had been given a concussion by a "large 19-year-old boy" and yet another support worker said that she had a door "slammed into my hand and breaking a bone". GMB National Officer, Karen Leonard, said: "These stories from the frontline by GMB's school staff members are truly disturbing. They can face a litany of violence that would constitute criminal offences in other jobs. No one should be physically threatened at work. Violence from parents in particular is completely inexcusable."
She continued: "School support staff love their jobs, love the kids and want to carry on doing their best for the children. All they ask is their school backs them up when it does happen - and takes the common sense steps needed to protect them. Throughout this year we have been asking schools to sign up to GMB's code of conduct to ensure attacks on members, when they happen, are dealt with properly."
Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards., said: "Teachers and school staff have a right to feel safe in the workplace and any form of violence towards them is completely unacceptable. We have given schools the powers they need to deal with harassment of staff, and we expect them to have procedures in place to support staff dealing with issues like this."