A PREGNANT teaching assistant suffered a miscarriage after being kicked in the stomach by a pupil, GMB claims.
The attack was revealed in research by the union published today showing more than half of school support staff have suffered violence at work.
Assaults include stabbings and attempted strangulation, with some teaching assistants even threatened by parents.
Other incidents include staff being spat at, punched, bitten and having their hair cut off, said the union.
A survey of almost 4,800 school support workers revealed a catalogue of violent incidents involving children as young as eight.
Just over half said they had experienced violence at work, with more than 770 saying they were attacked every week.
GMB national officer Karen Leonard said: “These stories from the frontline by GMB school staff members are truly disturbing.
“They can face a litany of violence that would constitute criminal offences in other jobs.
“No-one should be physically threatened at work. Violence from parents in particular is completely inexcusable.
“School support staff love their jobs, love the kids and want to carry on doing their best for the children.
“All they ask is their school backs them up when it does happen and takes the common-sense steps needed to protect them.
“Throughout this year we have been asking schools to sign up to GMB code of conduct to ensure attacks on members, when they happen, are dealt with properly.”
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