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Dorchester County Teachers Demand Change After Violent Student Behaviors

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Dorchester County teachers came before the school board and superintendent on Thursday night to ask for more support after they say violent student behaviors are growing in the classrooms.

Dorchester Educators President Katie Holbrook says teachers are being ignored by the board and superintendent in their requests for help, and change needs to happen quickly.

"It's very frustrating because at the end of the day our job is to teach and we give our lives to these children, pouring into who they will become in their future. When you cannot teach because of the behavior it's very disheartening," Holbrook said.

One teacher described being beaten so badly by a kindergarten student that she was hospitalized for three days for internal bleeding injuries. 

"I was seen in the emergency room that evening for the abdominal pain due to the attack and kept overnight for observation. I was diagnosed with internal bruising and muscle spasms which kept me out of my classroom for three days. While the student returned the very next day," Kindergarten Teacher Kendra Mero said.

But some parents say teachers need to have more authority and control over their classrooms. 

After a 2017 state decision, some teachers say it is difficult to properly discipline kindergarten to second grade students when suspension is only an option during extreme circumstances.

Board President Glenn Bramble says all testimonies from parents, teachers and community members did not fall on deaf ears and will not go unanswered moving forward.

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