Hello all. First let me say a heartfelt “THANK YOU” to each and every one of you. Being an educator is not always an easy or rewarding career choice. I am going to try to leave some details out so the school and student remain anonymous. My wife is a Speech Pathologist in an Oklahoma Public School. She has a student who at the drop of a hat can turn violent and will start hitting his/herself or his/her teachers. Usually the outcome is just bruise, but the last time he/she did this he/she broke my wife’s finger. For the last 6 months or so of school my wife has been dreading going to work and wondering if she is going to get hit again today. Each time this happens they have to complete an incident report to document everything. I am frustrated beyond belief with the lack of help her administration has provided. So far they have suggested that she not see the student alone, sit on the other side of the table, or use a visual chart so the student knows what is expected of them when she is seeing them. These are all good suggestions but none of them help when the student chases after her to hit her. She tells me that there is nothing that can be done about it. The student is entitled to a public education and that she just has to accept that she will be hit. I ask her at what point is this considered assault and when will the administration stop it? She says that they won’t and in today’s litigious society the school will always take the students side. Have any of you faced a similar situation? Any suggestions?