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Attacked by parent

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by nonameneeded, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Who let them into the building? I would talk to SMT about that. In terms of calling the police - that was the correct and proper thing to do. Have they been back in touch to let you know what is happening? You should also get support from your union and ensure that council education leaders know about this. Working as a teacher is now a very unsafe job (just look at my story!) - your darned if you do, darned if you don't or even just darned if someone decides they don't like you. In terms of your anxiety, call the Teacher Support Line (google it). They are amazing and do nothing but listen and offer support.
     
  2. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    What a terrible experience. You were absolutely right to go to the police. I hope that you insist that the police bring charges for what are very serious offences.
    Ensure you inform your union and go to the doctor to make sure your symptoms of fear and distress are logged. As well asprotecting your own health, this will be important evidence for a prosecution. Hopefully your SLT are fully supportive of you and do not attempt to encourage you to drop charges, to avoid bringing adverse publicity to the school.
     
  3. I may be reading your post wrong but you sound as if you are the Head. If so, make sure you are not in school late on your own for a while. Whatever the issues that the parents have they need sorting ASAP by someone who is neutral otherwise this could turn into a witch hunt. I've known of schools brought to their knees once factions start to develop and if these parents are already willing to be violent who knows where this could go. Above all, be super careful for yourself. It's only a job and no one should be afraid for their life. Get the full backing of the police too.
     
  4. ... and I was feeling sorry for myself until I read this...
     
  5. I, too, read this as your being the Head or a senior member of staff.

    These parents can be banned from the school site and your Chair of Governors should be supporting you in this so that it is not personal (even though it is - your personal safety!). You were quite right to refuse to speak to any of them under those circumstances so do not feel that you have done anything wrong by responding as you did.

    It might also be worth setting up a protocol for entry into school and clarify with all staff so that you can never be put in this position again.

    Heads can be also very vulnerable if they are staying to lock up after chaperoning staff after the school day or just working late alone.

    If you are a Head, do you have someone at the LA who supports Headteachers that you can speak to about how to deal with this?

    If not Head, leave when the caretaker leaves.
     
  6. casper

    casper New commenter

    I had a parent arrive on school site waltz into the staffroom and verbally abuse me and confront me. I was on my own. I passed out, found by cleaner, ambulance was called. Paramedic came first. Please go to your GP and get this noted down and contact the police. I did not involve the police, but wish I had.
     
  7. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Dear God, you poor soul. That is appalling. Try never to be alone in the building.
    A teacher friend was recently punched by a violent mother. The police were called, action was taken, and the mother was barred from being any closer to the school than standing on the pavement outside.
    At parents' evening, she was escorted through the gates by two members of staff, chaperoned at all times, then escorted off the premises.
    Her child was violent too, I wonder why?
     
  8. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I know personally two heads (one my predecessor in my first headship - a large bloke who was attacked by two men who burst into his office and beat him up) who were attacked at school. The other one, a female primary head who was physically attacked by a parent as she left school one dark evening, rsigned her post and never went back to working in a school.
     

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