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Ageing teachers at risk on dying in classroom?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by oldsomeman, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

  2. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I've known two members of staff die on a school day, both around 50
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  3. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    People do die on the job. The Notre Dame fire reminded me that the cathedral's great organist from 1900 to 1937, Louis Vierne, died (as he had always hoped) on the job. He fell off the organ stool as a result of either a stroke or heart attack while playing, leaving one foot stuck on the bottom E pedal, creating a bass note that shook the cathedral for some minutes before his body was pulled away.

    (Sorry for the digression!)
  4. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    When I was at school the Headmaster, who lived on the premises, died while in post and the funeral service was held in school with the coffin carried through the hall. I've no idea how old he was, we thought he was ancient but he had two teenage sons at the school.
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  5. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Maybe he had a young wife who kept him busy?
    But its never nice to hearofany dying in work.
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  6. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    The year after I left my second school a teacher had a heart attack and died in front of a class. She wasn't very old though.
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  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Not something I personally have ever experienced.
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  8. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    There was teacher at the first school I taught at who shortly before I arrived had a heart attack and died on the school bus when he was on duty. It was the last day of the school year and the next day was to be the first day of his retirement.

    I know it's an outlier, but I've always taken it as a warning to not listen too much to averages when who knows if you'll be in the 5th (or lower) percentile.
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  9. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    With the (unnecessary) rises in state pension age and TPS scheme retirement age this becomes inevitable, even ignoring the "purge" of teachers on higher scales done by academies so that the salaries of those teachers can be pocketed by sycophants, hangers on, and appointees of the head or "principal". People die on the job in many professions, and I do not mean in accidents.
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  10. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    I know only of teachers taking their own lives because of the job. Just as bad I guess.:oops:
  11. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    DO NOT be flippant about such things.

    A very good friend of mine committed suicide in a hotel in London in 2003 - the effect on me - and the school was profound and it took me personally a long time to come to terms with it.
  12. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    No, she had seemed quite old too but had a dramatic change after he died and started wearing more colourful, smarter clothes. She had worked as the school nurse while he was Head but had to leave the live-in accommodation when he died. I assumed she got a council house (New Town - plenty of good housing ) but might have been wrong about that.
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  13. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I don't think anyone is being flippant, @peakster . teacher suicides are a big concern, and actual numbers are well disguised and impossible to calculate
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  14. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    There must be an increased risk of this with the higher retirement age. It must also increase the risk of a teacher developing Alzheimer's disease while still working.
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  15. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    There is a reluctance to put suicide on any death certificate, not just teachers.
  16. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    The same applies for every occupation.
  17. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    True. Adults in other occupations are less likely to be solely responsible for a roomful of children.
  18. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    My last head but one popped his clogs while in post.
  19. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    I don't think that influences life expectancy.
  20. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    It just it was in the article quoted and i was unsure if it did happen a lot,I do understand the percentage that there must be some chance of it happening.

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