'Special needs' teachers

Pregnant educator's beating starkly shows need for better protection

A pregnant teacher at Collins Elementary School in Augusta was injured in a scuffle between two students. She was intentionally punched. Repeatedly, according to one source. She was, in short, assaulted.


She was examined by a school nurse, who suggested she see her doctor.

There are a number of questions that arise from this troubling incident -- not the least of which is why school safety officers or local law enforcement weren't notified.

The school safety office heard about it all five days after the Jan. 20 incident, from a Chronicle reporter.

If, as the school's principal maintains, "everything was reported (to the district office) as per policy," then "policy" needs some serious adjusting. This was a crime. Adults with knowledge of that crime had an obligation to report it as such.

"I don't know why proper law enforcement (wasn't) involved," one criminal justice expert told us. "Schools do weird and wacky things. It's fairly frustrating."

To say the least. A pregnant teacher is injured enough in a crime to seek medical treatment, and no one thinks to call law enforcement of any kind?

Something is drastically wrong.

Maybe it isn't just school district policy that needs revisiting. Maybe the state law needs to change -- to enforce the principle that crimes that happen in schools are still, lo and behold, crimes.

Maybe teacher advocates need to push for better protections for them, and better reporting procedures when they're assaulted.

Maybe laws need to better reflect the need for safety and efficacy in classrooms, rather than sacrificing one more teacher to the altar of individualism.

In other words: Get the dangerous students out!

Just think of safety of life and limb as a "special need" our teachers have.

Teacher assault being investigated