Teachers must be protected against any type of classroom abuse.
Sinn Féin MLA, Michelle O'Neill, has welcomed today's dentate in the Assembly calling for adequate protection and guidelines for teachers suffering any type of abuse stating that it further highlights the concern and that the department has brought forward mechanisms to deal with this serious issue.
Speaking today Ms O'Neill said:
"This is an issue that we must take very seriously. Teachers are the frontline in our educational services and should not be subject to any form of abuse while teaching our children.
"I understand that the Department of Education is already taking similar action to tackle violence or abuse against teachers that today's motion is calling for. There are mechanisms and guidance that are now in place to assist teachers affected by classroom violence.
"However, we do welcome this debate as it further highlights the issue at hand and allows us all to stand beside our teaching staff in ensuring their safety."