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Assaulted by a student - what now?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by joopie78, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. joopie78

    joopie78 New commenter

    Yesterday I was assaulted by a student.

    I’m not badly injured but I haven’t gone in today mainly because I’m a little shaken up to be honest.

    The student has been given a FTE (it’s a PRU) which I guess the school thinks is enough but I really don’t think it is.

    What happens now? Is this classed as a workplace injury?
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  2. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Union. ASAP

    And stay off until you feel well enough to go in..

    NB Maybe photograph any injuries/write an account of what happened/think carefully about possible witnesses...just in case you need them.
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  3. meggyd

    meggyd Senior commenter

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  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I shall echo post #3. Police

    An ex-colleague had this happen to him recently in a PRU. He decided not to go to the police even though he took a kick to the head and two in the ribs. I don't understand why people tolerate this when it'd be unacceptable in the street.
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  5. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    I don't understand FTE or PRU.

    I do understand assault, ABH and GBH

    You are the victim of a criminal attack.

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  6. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    fixed term exclusion
    pupil referral unit
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  7. tsarina

    tsarina Occasional commenter

    If it's bruises then photograph each day for the next week...bruises tend to look worse several days later when they turn black and yellow. You might need them down the line and regret not having taken them.
  8. sulkydame

    sulkydame New commenter

    I am kicked, punched, spat at, verbally assaulted etc on a regular basis. I'm in a mainstream primary and I'm DHT. I'm constantly being called to deal with out of control children and often end up restraining them to stop them from trashing rooms or fighting with each other. Today was dreadful. Kicked, headbutted in the face and punched several times. Yesterday I was spat at full in the face, pinched on the arm, bitten on the leg and slapped and kicked several times. Friday was a similar day. This is happening every week. I'm devastated and don't know what to do next. I think I need to resign, it's killing me.
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  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I think he really knew:rolleyes:
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  10. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Get the HT to do it. You might find the kids being shown the door pdq!
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  11. joopie78

    joopie78 New commenter

    You have my sympathy. In my case, this wasn’t part of a physical intervention, I wasn’t restraining them, it wasn’t a result of a “scrum” if that makes sense? This was a deliberate assault simply because I was an adult and they knew I couldn’t do anything back.

    I’ve tried contacting the union but not had a response.
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  12. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    Call your Union you have a right to be protected at work, this is completely unacceptable.
  13. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    Ring them at the Regional office, then taking it to National if you get no response.
  14. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Take photos of everything that constitutes evidence... contact your Union... you do not have to work in such conditions. Your employer does have a duty of care.
  15. rooney1

    rooney1 Occasional commenter

    Make sure you record what happened and that it is recorded at school - in detail.
    Even if you are in a PRU you have a right to be safe at work. Contact your union at regional level. I suppose a lot depends on how well you feel supported at school.
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  16. hs9981

    hs9981 Established commenter

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    It's not too late to add this to your Christmas list!
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  17. bizent

    bizent Star commenter

    Nice bit of subtle sexism. Just women at risk of being attacked?
  18. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    Actually, he didn't. (It's over twenty years since I left the classroom)
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  19. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Don't go back until you are ready.
    FTE is not enough...no.
    Keep on at your union.
    Get signed off.
    We do not go to work every day to be insulted and assaulted.............which is sadly what teaching is becoming :(
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  20. zcsaa44

    zcsaa44 New commenter

    I got shoved over by a student who has an impulse control problem due to a previous head injury (he could not calm down when worked up). Reported it immediately to members of staff who could potentially calm him down, unfortunately before he could be calmed he assaulted another student and then a member of staff (deputy head) more seriously.
    I wrote a report on what happened as instructed and sent it to SLT. It was a week before anyone spoke to me about it at all and all reports about the incident neglected to mention the incident started with the student throwing chairs around outside my classroom. (Only person who did mention it was my HOD with whom I had some good natured discussion about how to keep a more stable stance which may sound very inappropriate but did a very good job of reassuring students that this was a minor incident as Chinese whispers had caused a huge amount of fear among the student body)
    Anyway, what got me was that the first person to speak to me was the deputy head who was more seriously assaulted who first asked if I was alright but then admonished me for not having raised the alarm about the student more successfully. I was checked on by other members of SLT and offered counselling but the fact it took a week seemed a bit poor.
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