Williamson Schools fight student violence aimed at teachers - WKRN News 2

Williamson Schools fight student violence aimed at teachers

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With violent student episodes aimed at teachers on the rise in Williamson County, the school board is asking for hundreds of thousand of dollars to be used for immediate help.

School spokesperson Carol Birdsong told Nashville's News 2 that so far this year, "around 50 worker compensation claims have been filed" in Williamson County due to violent behavior against teachers by students.

During a recent school board meeting, two recent cases were cited when requesting the additional funding.  

The first incident occurred just last week in an elementary school where a teacher went to the hospital after being struck by a radio thrown by a student.

The second cited incident occurred earlier this month when a student shattered a school window with a chair.

At the urging of schools director Mike Looney, the school board requested the $348,000 immediately from county commissioners for two new separate classrooms staffed with teachers to help special education students with behavioral issues.

The report to the school board indicates most of the incidents are at the elementary school level.

"Parents, special education parents and teachers brought this to the administration," said Birdsong. "The administration responded and came up with this plan."

The school board now hopes the Williamson County Commission approves its request for "immediate" funding of two separate classrooms at Winstead Elementary costing $348,000 for students with behavioral issues.

The request is on the Williamson County Commission's full November 13 agenda and the body's budget committee on November 5.

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