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Ms. C, a first-year teacher in Brooklyn, describes a "pretty nasty scramble" she got into last week with "6 foot student who refuses to take his medication." Nasty indeed: She's posted a photo of the sizable bruise that was left on her arm. Perhaps more troubling, however, was her school's response: "the assistant principal ... agreed to suspend the student," she writes, "but told me I should have said something sooner."

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Many teachers and administrators are concerned about events such as the one you described. In addition, many teachers are struggling to cope with the recent VA Tech tragedy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would like to take this opportunity to share some important health information on coping with violence.

CDC resources include:
Information on school violence and prevention strategies: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SchoolViolence/
http://www.cdc.gov/InjuryViolenceSafety/

Short video podcast: Coping with Stress after a Traumatic Event such as a School Shooting:
www.cdc.gov/podcasts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTjdzM1MRv8

Thank you for the opportunity to share this information!

Additional information can be found at www.cdc.gov

Here's our site with thousands of resources for dealing with this issue. I am giving you the link that is the most relevant but there are hundreds more pages and articles that can help.
Here's the link. Hope it helps anyone with interest in following up on this issue:

http://www.youthchg.com/hottopic.html

It is just so wrong that schools don't support teachers who are attempting to rein in acting-out students just like you describe.

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