The Waterloo Region District School Board has always had a higher incidence of violence and other criminal activities than most of the country, but things have deteriorated to a new level.
Teachers have now started wearing Kevlar vests below their clothes. While this may seem puzzling to some due to the low incidence of gun violence in the region, the vests aren’t to protect from bullets.
While Kevlar is most commonly known for its bulletproof properties, it is also an excellent material to protect from stab wounds and hits with heavy objects.
Students are not showing to school with weapons, but are punching and kicking teachers with full force. A kick or a punch can be very harmful for the older teachers.
Parents have criticized the move – saying that the appearance of Kevlar sets the wrong tone in the class. The vice president of the local teachers federation, Jeff Pelich, has defended the teachers who wore Kevlar.
“Between our teachers and educational assistants, and child and youth workers, many of them are now required to wear Kevlar, to wear full vests to protect themselves from punches and kicks.”
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.