It’s dangerous to teach in some Chicago schools: Physical assaults on teachers are up 17 percent this year, reports the Chicago Trib.
Janet Pena-Davis is barely 5 feet tall, but the veteran English teacher doesn’t scare easily.
One day, though, a girl arrived 15 minutes late to class — and full of attitude. When the girl took out a snack and began to talk loudly to a friend, Pena-Davis asked the student to leave the class and try again the next day.
The girl hurled a full soda can at her head.
Pena-Davis was able to duck the can. But as the teacher went to close the classroom door, the girl dragged her into the hall and began to beat her –punching and scratching, pulling off her glasses and tugging viciously at her hair. The attack was enough to terrify Pena-Davis, 55, who walked out of Austin High School that day and never went back.
Teachers complain violent students get short suspensions and return to class before the victim’s bruises are healed.
Pena-Davis was assaulted by a girl who’d just returned from a 10-day suspension.
The school disciplinarian told her to be careful because the girl who had beaten her up had a boyfriend who already was looking to avenge his girlfriend’s arrest, Pena-Davis said. When she asked to fill out an assault report, she was told it was not necessary, she said.
When she called to follow up on the police report that was filed, the police told her to give up, she said. Nobody was going to pursue the case.