Several teachers in Harrisburg resign over student violence

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 21, 2017 9:27 AM

Shown is the view from the Pennsylvania Capitol building Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Teachers in one midstate city are asking for support after a series of violent altercations with students has led to multiple resignations.

The Harrisburg Education Association says at least 45 teachers have resigned since July and October.

President Jody Barksdale says more have stepped down since then.

She says the association wants a task force comprised of teachers, administrators and parents to help students who display violent behaviors.

Speaking at a recent school board meeting, first-grade teacher Amanda Sheaffer says she has been hit and kicked by her students.

The district claims not all of the teacher resignations were due to student violence.

Still, Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney says the district understands that there is a "different type of support that is needed."

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