May 15, 2023
By Christine Ross
Ontario elementary teachers federation members call results from a new survey “alarming.”
It finds 77 % have personally experienced violence or witnessed violence against another staff member.
When asked how his government plans to tackle violence in elementary schools, Doug Ford offered a colourful answer.
“If I ever went up a hit a teacher I’d get twice the hit when I got home, and I think everyone out there would say the same thing” Ford told reporters. “When we all grew up, that’s the last thing you’d think, hitting a teacher or showing violence towards a teacher and I think honestly, it starts at home,” said Ford.
While never directly answering how his government will deal with growing violence, he would only say he could never the job of a teacher.
The province has previously announced funding for mental health supports in education.