I have been a special education teacher for 16 years. I am currently teaching in the Autism program. I have worked with many agressive students over the years. I am trained in non restraint techniques, and have a strong back ground in working with severe behaivors. A few years ago I developed depression and insomnia due to the stress of the job. I have had many injuries that include bruising, scratches, bites, and fat lips. This last year my symptoms became worse and I started having panic attacks. I have tried to get support from my district, but the message I get is I signed up for this. I am currently applying for workmans comp. My job has affected my home life. My family has suffered, I have 3 boys and a wonderful supportive husband. I am a basket case before and after work. I love my students and there families. My families of agressive students are also suffering. The agression is also exhibited at home. I wake up in the middle of the night feeling hopeless and trying to come up with new ideas to help my students. IDEA offers these students FAPE. What about safety for the teachers and other students in the classroom who see there teacher attacked on a daily basis? My ditrict is reluctent to support me in the classrom, they are afraid of lawsuits from the parents. Do I have the right to a safe teaching environment? Are there any teachers out there going through the same experience and experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome?
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