When her youngest child went to kindergarten, an Ottawa mom said scissors were banned from the classroom because the teacher was worried that one of the students might use scissors as a weapon.
Her middle child's classroom is often "evacuated" and students apply to the safety department as an outdoor activity in the hallwayof-
The control of the students destroyed the place.
Two students in her biggest kids class beat the other kids.
The mother said that it was an ordinary elementary school in the suburbs of Ottawa, and the teacher was very good, and her name was concealed in order to protect the identity of the children.
She was deeply concerned about the violence at the school.
Statistics from Ottawa support her concerns.
The Carlton District School Board said that the number of "violent incidents" reported by staff has increased dramatically over the past three years.
1,909 incidents were reported in 2015
16, compared with 3,746 incidents in 201718.
This figure has increased by 96.
In the first seven months of the school year, 4,223 incidents were reported.
Jean Trant said that when employees experience violence in person, both physical and verbal, they submit reports, chair of the negotiating unit representing the board of directors working in kindergarten for early childhood educators and education assistants who help children with special needs.
"If they get hit, spit it out," she explained . ".
"To be personally attacked in any form, or to scold loudly, to insult . . . . . . " If a staff member is not threatened, the report does not necessarily include violence by the student against other children or property, but Trent says she often hears such incidents.
"A few days ago, a kindergarten child broke a window and a door because he was upset about something.
The board of directors and a union representative said that the increase in events for this academic year may be due in part to more coverage.
In September, as part of the province's initiative, the board moved from paper documents to electronic documents.
Harvey Bishof, president of the Ontario Federation of secondary school teachers, said that electronic reporting makes it more likely that educators will report events (OSSTF)
It also represents early childhood educators and educational assistants.
Bischof said that some educators said that paper forms were not accessible or that administrators discouraged them from filling them out, according to the OSSTF survey in 2017. The Ottawa-
The Carlton District School Board did not have a staff member discuss the increase in reports of violence since 2015, and did not provide a breakdown of incidents by grade.
However, the director of the committee said last year that staff were concerned about the increase in behavioral issues for kindergarten and primary school grade students.
Trustees were told that there was only anecdotal evidence, but this trend was seen throughout the province.
The board also noted that the stress that educators face in the classroom is one of the reasons for the rise in the rate of sickness.
The reason for the apparent increase in bad behavior is complex and the subject of many debates.
For example, some experts speculate that when children come to kindergarten, they have poor communication skills and poor ability to adjust their emotions because they spend too much time on digital devices.
Bischof pointed out that it is a factor to include children with special needs in general classrooms that do not have enough support to help them.
Ottawa mothers with three children called it a "high level" problem beyond school.
She said she was concerned that children with serious problems could not get the help they needed and that others were victims or witnesses of violence.
She described a school that went to kindergarten children in the winter to see a T-
The shirt ran along the corridor screaming along the front door.
"He screamed in the hallway. " I'm going to kill you. I hate you.
"I have never seen such a thing before.
This little man, so angry, said so many hateful words.
She said: "The staff is also careful not to touch him while paying close attention to him.
The child is in her son's class and sometimes he has an education assistant to help him cope with emergencies and tantrums.
The day the boy threatened her son, the assistant was not there.
"He did a slice on my son's neck, like 'I am going to kill you '.
The child was actually suspended.
In kindergarten! “He (also)
Whispered something in my son's ear, but my son won't tell anyone what he said to him.
The mother said her son was easy-going and did not seem to have been traumatized by the incident.
"But I have to talk to him about things like suicide, which is not something I wanted to discuss with him since I was a child, but he is," Why do you do this, so want to kill yourself, why would someone want to do what he heard in the classroom.
"It's not my children that I advocate, it's the whole problem.
I don't think this is an environment conducive to learning.
"The citizen told several primary school teachers and early childhood educators about life in their classrooms.
We didn't name them because they were worried that their work would be in danger of speaking out loud, and they didn't want to disclose the identity of the child.
They all love their jobs, but they say they are under increasing pressure because of the behavior they encounter.
They were beaten, bitten, scratched, spit, and sworn.
A preschool educator who works in six schools says the classrooms in kindergartens are usually noisy and chaotic.
Sometimes for overly excited kids, she says, it's not possible to find a quiet corner.
"The classroom is crazy.
There is a lot of behavior, there is a lot of violence.
"As many as 29 children attend classes with teachers and early childhood educators.
"There may be children with autism, some who have not been trained in toilets, others who do not follow the team or wander around, and some who do not have toilet training (emotional)
They will hurt other children, especially during the transition period, throwing things and directly refusing to follow the instructions and screaming.
"It doesn't matter how many adults are in the room, but there are too many children.
"The woman started the job and was excited to work with her children and use the show --
She studied basic technology at school.
In the end, she was under a lot of pressure and then resigned.
"I like programming for children very much.
But too much.
I'm going home. I can't turn it off at night . . . . . . I have been under a lot of pressure.
Another early childhood educator listed some of the behaviors she encountered at school.
"My skin was scratched," she said . "
"I was spit and punched and you gave it a name.
"Her kindergarten class was often evacuated last year because a child would collapse.
"This is when all 29 get up (
Destroy the class . . . . . . Throw what he can, flip the chair, climb the table, throw rubbish, throw water, throw food.
"She also works in the school's extended day program, which has older primary school students.
"I told the kids to say, 'I will fire you, you. –g b—h. You are a f—–g c–t.
You can't touch me. ’ And run away.
She has become accustomed to "normal child behavior" such as spitting juice or wearing snow clothes. “But we (also)
Let the child hit and hit in an instant.
"She still loves the job, but doubts whether she can do it throughout her career.
"There is a lot of pressure.
That's why we have a lot of people on stress leave.
"Two senior primary school teachers said they noticed a significant increase in the number of children in kindergartens in the past few years, reaching the third grade.
One teacher said that when things don't go their way, the children can't seem to calm down and react badly.
"This year, I was bitten, scratched and kicked many times.
Age of all kindergartens
"Yes, they are very small.
But they are definitely purposeful.
I want to hurt her because I'm crazy.
"Children are always challenging," she said . "
"Kids who need a little extra love and attention.
She said: "But now it seems that there are more people, as well as children with various special needs, from the need to learn English to autism.
We just stuffed them all into a room.
This is a gong play.
Both teachers said they were less and less respectful and less responsible for bad behavior.
It was said that she did not fill out the "violence" form anymore because she found that there was no difference.
The two teachers said the form triggered a meeting with school administrators, but the discussion often focused on why they did not prevent violence.
"We were called in and asked, 'What did you do to make the child do that, '" for example, after a kindergarten teacher lost his temper, punched and kicked, and bit her, a teacher said, the administrator asked her why she was close enough to the child to be attacked.
School year 2015-
School year 2016-16
School year 2017-
18 from September 2018 to April 3, 2019, the form was used to report workplace violence, which was defined as the use of force or threat statements and acts. (
Violence can come from anyone you meet in the workplace, including colleagues
Workers and parents)