KGW has been covering the increase in verbal, physical, sometimes violent disruptive behaviors in Oregon classrooms with extensive reporting in 2019.
The station has received hundreds of emails from teachers, paraeducators and parents saying classroom disruptions are happening in their schools too.
Teachers say this has reached a crisis level and they need more support in the classroom. Below are photos sent to KGW by area teachers showing the aftermath of the classroom disruptions.
They say the current laws make it impossible to handle these incidents effectively, forcing them to clear all of the other students out of the room during the most serious outbursts.
As part of our "Classrooms in Crisis" reporting, KGW is continuing to tell these stories, reporting on change at the legislative level in Salem and follow the fight for additional funding from the state.
KGW has interviewed dozens of teachers and school administrators about an increase in verbal, physical and sometimes violent disruptions in Oregon and Southwest Washington classrooms. We’ve received emails from hundreds of additional teachers who tell similar stories. Many teachers say they don’t have the proper training, support or resources to deal with this disruptive behavior. The teachers don’t blame the kids, pointing out that many students have suffered trauma in their lives; however, they say the current law makes it difficult to handle these incidents effectively. In many cases they are forced to clear all other students out of a classroom until a disruptive student can calm down. We will continue to tell these stories and push for solutions from lawmakers and school officials.
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