Violence in our schools is a symptom of broader issues facing the education system; including: larger classes, a lack of resources and student supports and fewer staff to meet the varied needs of students.
Almost 80 per cent of public elementary teachers report that violent incidents in schools are increasing. Cuts to public education will only increase these incidents.
Schools need more guidance counsellors, child and youth workers, mental health supports and timely assessments for students who need them. The only way to ensure that our schools are safe and healthy learning environments is to invest in the resources and supports students and educators need.
What you can do:
Call on the government to reduce class sizes and provide adequate resources, services and supports for all students. Every student deserves a chance to succeed, and every classroom should be a safe and healthy learning environment.