With a number of classroom violence incidents between teachers and students making the news recently, the El Paso American Federation of Teachers is talking about how teachers can protect themselves against classroom violence, and help prevent it from happening in the first place.

The union's president says teachers need to make sure that once a problem begins, security should be called immediately. Teachers should also be aware that students might be dealing with a bad home life, and that could spill over into the classroom.

Classroom violence incidents flare up quickly, but can calm down just as quickly, so teachers should try to stay out of arguments between students and concentrate on letting security handle things. They should also be aware that if they fight with a student, they could wind up getting sued or losing their jobs.

An argument between an El Paso teacher and student was recently caught on video, and because most students carry a cell phone, things could get taken out of context, something that could go against a teacher. The newly passed Ysleta Independent School District’s bond has a section for improved security for teachers, something that sadly seems to be in greater need as time goes by.