Even as Canada’s teacher shortage continues to impact schools across the country, educators and those that represent them say one of the factors causing departures from the profession is the abuse or violence some face in classrooms.
The numbers vary from province to territory, as does the severity of the incidents reported. The broader trend, according to education professionals, is growing fear and exhaustion.
“They’re just tired of being sworn at and threatened, even if it’s not a real threat,” said Ted Hupé, president of the Yukon Association of Education Professionals. “When you have a primary child lashing out in that way, people tire of it and they choose not to be part of that.”