Why do teachers beat children in schools

When students beat teachers

A 14 year old student strangles his teacher with a shoelace. A mother beats up her child's teacher, a 15-year-old attacks four teachers with his fists - these cases ended up in court last year. They are scenes from everyday school life. But are they isolated cases?

No, warns Udo Beckmann, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Education and Training Teachers Association in an interview with Deutsche Welle. The Forsa survey "Violence against teachers" commissioned by the teachers' union shows: Six out of 100 teachers in Germany have already been physically attacked by students. Projected, this affects 45,000 teachers in general education schools of all forms. The basis is a representative survey among a total of almost 2000 teachers nationwide. "What makes me think is that children in elementary schools are already very aggressive against teachers," says the VBE boss. The aggressiveness, disrespect and brutality of the language come from the legal guardians - often even in the presence of their children.

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Threats, insults, verbal abuse or bullying - psychological violence is also part of everyday life for many teachers in Germany. "We are most concerned that two thirds of the teachers surveyed expect more commitment and protection from their employer when it comes to violence against teachers," says Beckmann. "This is an alarm signal. Teachers feel left alone in this situation. If such incidents occur, they are downgraded to a private problem."

Because even after school is over, the psychological violence does not end: Two percent of the teachers stated that they had already been the target of cyberbullying at their school. Beckmann fears that the number of unreported cases is significantly higher and is increasingly becoming an issue. The problem: Those affected only become aware of it very late - mostly through third parties. "Until then it will be very widespread in order to be able to trace it back," says Beckmann.

De-escalation training is not enough

According to the VBE, 57 percent of the teachers surveyed nationwide say that violence against teachers is a taboo subject. Further training for teachers alone would not help against the problem, but only offer advice on dealing with it and de-escalating it. It is crucial that there are legal and psychological offers for the teachers, as many despair of the situation, says Beckmann: "You become mentally ill and unable to work." Defamations not only remain between teachers, students and parents, but draw circles - and that makes life twice as difficult for teachers.

As an education union, the VBE represents the interests of around 140,000 educators. For the survey, larger country samples were made for North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden-W├╝rttemberg. Just a few days ago, the VBE state association in North Rhine-Westphalia warned against the brutalization of manners and language in society in general and joined an appeal from Bavarian teachers.

The problem doesn't just affect schools. Violence in the public service is also increasing. There is a strong brutalization of language and a much greater willingness to be physically aggressive towards servants if you don't get what you want right away.

"We experience an aggressiveness, a language of hate, contempt and discrimination, personal insults, deliberate insults and exclusion in words and actions," said the Bavarian teachers' appeal. This brutalization also affects the children and young people. According to the findings of neurologists, there is a close connection between aggressive language and aggressive behavior.