Report says teacher assaults are on the rise citywide
According to the United Federation of Teachers (UTF), the number of New York City educators being assaulted is on the rise. UTF statistics show that complaints are up 20 percent when compared to last year. UTF officials say violence against teachers has hit crisis proportions, and some victims say if the assaults continue, no one will be left to teach Bronx students.
Union leaders say overcrowding and a lack of school safety agents are part of the problem. The UTF says only 3,300 safety agents work on a daily basis inside NYC schools, despite the fact that the full allotment calls for 4,200 agents.
In addition to more agents, the UTF says schools should update their safety plans and discipline codes to try to help lower the number of assaults on teachers.