By David Jackson
Teachers across the province have united to demand that more is done to protect them in classes from unruly pupils after two recent attacks, with union CCOO launching a campaign urging teachers who suffer verbal or physical attacks by students to come forward and report them.
A 14 year-old pupil in Balerma’s IES Mar Azul secondary school was arrested by the Guardia Civil on December 21 after punching a teacher. The pupil had been asked to put away a mobile phone and had refused to do so. After several requests the teacher insisted and the pupil exploded in a “fit of rage”, according to frightened classmates
In a separate incident at Matagorda’s Solymar primary school on the same day, a teacher was attacked by a child during a parent teacher meeting. The student physically attacked the supply teacher and had to be restrained by parents. Although police were called, the teacher involved declined to make a formal complaint.