Another para attacked in Fargo as classroom safety concerns take center stage

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): Another school day ends with another paraprofessional going to the hospital with injuries after an assault by a student. This is the third time in a month a para has been injured on the job, and there have been two instances in the last two weeks at Discovery Middle School. This comes right as teachers and the Fargo School Board are at an impasse over contract negotiations, chief among concerns for teachers: classroom safety.

Two instances in two weeks at Discovery Middle School, the building housing sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. A district spokesperson tells Valley News Live those injuries the staff member sustained are not life threatening, but that they did seek medical attention.

A Whistleblower sent us the tip early Thursday morning, that person telling us the student was taken out of the school by police and they wanted to remain anonymous because of fear for their job. A district spokesperson confirmed to Valley News Live the situation did occur.

This comes amid an impasse in contract negotiations between the teachers union and the district. Chief among teachers’ concerns: classroom safety. That impasse was reached Wednesday as nearly 80 educators crammed into a district conference room.

The statewide teachers union, ND United, tells Valley News Live that violence in the classroom has been a growing concern among their members and that two recent classroom safety seminars have been standing room only.

Many of you were angry Thursday that we reported this situation, saying on social media that special needs students do not need to be further vilified. There is no information from either the district or police that this latest assault involves a special needs child. Furthermore, paras serve in a variety of capacities across the district.

Coming Monday on Valley News Live 10 at 10, Valley News Team’s Ashley Bishop sits down with a para who was assaulted at an elementary school in Fargo. The former employee shares their story of how they were so shaken by the injuries they sustained, they had a heart attack.

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