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Banacek
01-26-2018, 02:24 PM
Elementary school teachers in Waterloo, Ontario are resorting to wearing Kevlar vests to protect themselves from their students.

The unusual move is in response to rising classroom violence from pupils and not based on a fear of being shot. Teachers are donning protective gear made from Kevlar, a material used in body armour, which includes vests and leg sleeves.

"We're [dealing with] everything ... biting to kicking and punching," Jeff Pelich, vice president of a chapter of Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario told CBC. "Between our teachers and educational assistants, and child and youth workers, many of them are now required to wear Kevlar, to wear full vests to protect themselves from punches and kicks."

There were around 1,300 incidents of student-on-teacher violence in elementary schools in the Waterloo Region District School Board last year, an increase of about 400 from the previous year.

Teachers have been complaining about rising incidents with students for a while now, with many pointing to a lack of funding as a reason for the issue.

According to the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, 70 per cent of its members have experienced or witnessed violence in their jobs. Some 77 percent said the schoolís actions to prevent a recurrence was not effective.

According to Pelich, the gear is usually worn by teachers working in classes with students with special needs. He said that the violent incidents arenít limited to children in special education, and that the increase in incidents is as a result of a lack of resources and funding.

The old democratic line "lack of resources and funding" like the war on poverty.


https://www.rt.com/news/416943-ontario-teachers-kevlar-vest-violence/

FlaGator
01-26-2018, 07:17 PM
The old democratic line "lack of resources and funding" like the war on poverty.


https://www.rt.com/news/416943-ontario-teachers-kevlar-vest-violence/


According to Pelich, the gear is usually worn by teachers working in classes with students with special needs. He said that the violent incidents arenít limited to children in special education, and that the increase in incidents is as a result of a lack of resources and funding.

Apparently they have enough funding to purchase Kevlar underwear for the teachers.

Rockntractor
01-26-2018, 08:15 PM
These kids probably have beards and pray 4 times a day.