EA’s should be filling out reports!
Educational Assistants should be filling out reports!
I am in the field and am quickly realizing that violence towards EA’s is handled very differently than violence towards teachers. If a child is violent towards a teacher or threatens at teacher, they are suspended or even put in an alternative program. Violence towards an EA usually doesn’t mean anything to principals, it is swept under the rug, as if it is expected that we are to be punched, kicked, slapped, spit on and bitten. That that’s the job we signed up for. I don’t think any of us came into the field blindly, thinking those things wouldn’t happen but there are so many incidents going unreported that the higher ups think it’s not an issue.
Anytime a student threatens violence, acts out violently, injures you, spits or throws things at you it needs to be documented. Not always to have the student suspended or removed but when something eventually is done and someone is brought in, at least there is documented information and the therapist or whomever gets an accurate picture of what is going on. Or if you are injured and don’t report it and then need time off to manage it, it becomes more difficult and requires more paperwork and phone calls.
Seriously, protect yourselves. Fill out those reports. And if your principal tells you not to, do it anyway.