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Teachers, Hazard Pay, & my Opinion

Updated on December 4, 2013

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Statistically speaking, the trend of heinous student crimes committed on school grounds peaked over a decade ago during the mid nineties. If school violence is on a down hill slope, the mid 1990's must of really had it rough. Senseless acts of terror and tragedy at the hands of a adolescent, showing no remorse. Lately the news has raised more questions than answered as far as violence. Who made this person, how can they be capable of this, who do we blame ? Society, the parents, television, who or what is responsible if we don't believe that the parents - of a dangerous juvenile - should be liable for the actions of their under age children & its just silly too lay it off on the tv/ media and who knows society personally. Then who or What can we attribute today's rapid growing number of violent adolescents who are acting out at schools too.

Twenty Eight for every Twelve

The violent actions of students can be minimal to life altering. Seriously violent 'crimes' committed by students - occurred sum eleven thousand times between 1998 & 2002 according to National Center for Education Statistics. The target; teachers - of those 11,000 incidents 28 urban teachers to every 12 rural teachers had been targeted. Yet surprisingly in another survey, this time, conducted through School Improvement Network in early 2013,results showed an almost 92% of teachers from across the U.S.stating they feel safe at school. Except when asked about the violence of guns at school, 31.1% of educators answered no, they did not feel safe from gun violence.

Are Schools Safe?

Teacher answers chart - in response to a School Improvement Network  survey question. " Are Schools Safe"?
Teacher answers chart - in response to a School Improvement Network survey question. " Are Schools Safe"? | Source

Teachers, faculty, staff

Teachers - perhaps the most notable part of the educational entourage making up a schools facility- may have a higher probability of falling victim in school violence however; teachers are not always the intended target. Office administrators, the school nurse or principal & yes even the maintenance person, are all subject to the same dangers. Teachers seem to get involved with a students animosity more so than other members of the schools staff, because as the class instructor, more or less you are the school. Regardless of the position you have violence in your place of employment can leave rather abrasive scarring or long term psychological damage. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can last for a number of years is often seen with a person who witnessed an event. PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) may be reduced with proper treatment. Each case is dependent on the affected person ability to deal with the damage and a strong supportive family or friend based group is a good idea.

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Hazard Pay For Teachers

Headline titles mentioning violence involving a student, and a teacher are in the news frequently. The story that follows is likely to be one of tragedy & heroism. Often heroic actions of the school and its staff when instinct protective mode takes over risking their own life for a students safety. I believe educators are one of Americas most valuable resources. As such I feel that I, we me you society the system just overall i feel the folks making up our educational system IE Americas future are under paid, over worked and by far not appreciated enough. I strongly feel these people who live & breath our future deserve a reward, teachers every where deserve a raise not cut backs or layoffs.


According To Media Coverage From Around The Globe & Sources such as

Cnn, fox, NY post, CBS news, The Huffington Post and even the Danvers Herald the local news for Danvers, Massachusetts have reported a teacher who had been killed by a student with a box cutter. Reports say that after the bell rang and the period ended Mrs. Ritzer asked a student to stay for a minute. Later on Mrs. Ritzer had walked into the girls bathroom to use it. That is when Chism allegedly followed her in and took her life with a box cutter.

Thank You For Taking The Time To Read This Personal Opinion, Question or Rant

I was just reading the news when I had to stop. Stopping lead me to thinking and then I started to ask WTF (what the flip) is wrong with the world or what it is shaping out to be currently.

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    • sprickita profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Reno

      I fully agree with you, I'm amazed with, the amount of violence going on - at the level that it does, in schools. There was a lot more that could of been included in the rant but ....I felt it 2 graphic ish. Thank You for Reading & Commenting 8-) Happy Hubbing

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      Sheila Brown 

      3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I think teaching has become more difficult and perhaps a bit dangerous over the years because our children are not being taught respect at home. We are being to soft on our children and not taking time to teach them to respect themselves or others.

    • sprickita profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Reno

      Thank You I really enjoy your stuff as well 8-) very nice work....

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      Writer Fox 

      4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      It can be dangerous for teachers because they are hugely outnumbered and their students are not emotionally mature because they have not reached adulthood. Also, I think the use of certain drugs plays a large role in irrational behavior in schools. Teachers certainly have my respect and sympathy and most are truly dedicated to their work. Enjoyed your article!

    • sprickita profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Reno

      I worked in a k-6 before during and after school program (latchkey) for a couple of years as a substitute teachers aide, most kids - all in all - behaved , but the bad one were foul. Sorry for your daughters teachers loss and, hope the student that pressed a bad button didn't get her in trouble, that sucks pardon my langue. I agree they do put up with a lot as well as; take their work home - God Bless em right 8-) Thank You happy hubbing 8-)

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      4 years ago from USA

      I have volunteered in the school and it is certainly a mixture of kids. One of my daughter's teachers, a middle school teacher, recently had a miscarriage and a student made fun of her about it to her face in anger. She slapped him. They put up with a lot.

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      4 years ago from Reno

      Thank You for your comment and more importantly your services in the educational system. I bet you were a fun teacher, you no some teachers just made you want to be better or work harder. I mean all people who work to become teachers are awesome, but some leave a impact and I bet u had impact kudos and THANK YOU!8-) happy hubbing

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What is wrong with the world? I don't even know where to start. I spent eighteen years teaching, a career that spanned thirty years, and the change in kids and attitudes was very noticeable over those three decades. I finally retired early three years ago because it simply was no longer enjoyable. :) Good rant!


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