June 11, 2014

Record Number of Teachers in US Physically Attacked by Students

CNS News reports that a record 209, 800 U.S. teachers reported being physically attacked by their students during the 2011-2012 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Key Points:

An average of 1,175 teachers were physically assaulted each day of the school year, according to data released from NCES' Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS).

The vast majority of teachers who reported physical attacks by students taught in public school: 197,400 public school teachers said they had been physically assaulted, compared to 12,400 private school teachers.

A higher percentage of public school teachers reported being threatened with injury (10 vs. 3 percent). 

Ten percent of elementary teachers and 9 percent of secondary teachers reported being threatened by a student from their school in 2011–12.

More than three times the number of actual attacks occurred in elementary schools,  where 8.2 percent of elementary school teachers (160,700) reported physical altercations. In contrast, only 2.6 percent of secondary school teachers (49,100) reported attacks by their students. Kindergarten teachers were not included in the survey.

More women than men reported attacks by students, During the 2011-2012 school year, 177,300 female teachers were assaulted, compared to 32,500 male teachers.

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