Teachers attacked by the hundred

The Dominion Post 08/03/2010

Hundreds of teachers have received ACC-funded treatment after being assaulted at school. Principals are shocked by the figure and are demanding immediate action to make schools safer. Some school staff now fear breaking up fights in case pupils have weapons, and others refuse to do lunchtime duty alone. A teacher injured during a school attack says that staff will always be at risk from “nutters”.

Figures issued to The Dominion Post under the Official Information Act show that 442 teachers needed ACC-funded treatment after assaults at school during 2008 and 2009, costing about $413,000. Latest Education Ministry figures show there were a further 335 pupil assaults on teachers in 2008 that did not require ACC-funded treatment.