Some Public School Teachers Complain That With New Restraint Rules, They’re Only Able To Touch The Students They’re Surreptitiously Dating

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorA new state rule sharply limiting how teachers can “restrain” students is under attack by several statewide education groups, which say they want it changed to allow more flexibility for teachers who deal with out-of-control students. The Maine Education Association says there have been “dozens” of instances of teachers being assaulted by students since the rule took effect this fall, although the teachers union did not cite specific cases. It said teachers have been reluctant to touch students because of the rule. MEA President Lois Kilby-Chesley said the union has heard reports from teachers and administrators throughout the state, including an education technician in the Bangor area who was bitten, scratched and bruised by the student she works with one-on-one. “I wouldn’t say that goes with the job,” Kilby-Chesley said Monday. She also said a class in a Portland-area high school was evacuated twice to isolate a disruptive student. (read more at Kennebec Journal)