Mark Warner

Teaching Assistant - Syracuse, NY


He’s had three concussions, a fractured nose, damage requiring two surgeries on each shoulder, and enough injuries to his elbows to require operations on each.

Some of his injuries happened as he was restraining students from fighting or from self-harming. Most of the assaults occurred after students with special needs were triggered by something or acting out, and Warner was unfortunately called in only after a situation had already escalated.

"The ones where I had to go in and protect someone else could have been prevented with training and a better understanding of trauma."

That is why NYSUT is advocating for school districts to be added to the list of employers required to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence as addressed in the 2006 Workplace Violence Prevention Act.

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