SAFETY IN BALT. CO. SCHOOLS | 'I don't need to be in a situation where I'm hit, beat up'

SAFETY IN BALT. CO. SCHOOLS | 'I don't need to be in a situation where I'm hit, beat up'

TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) - Dozens of Baltimore County school teachers came out Tuesday night to fight for safer classrooms.

They say students at some schools are out of control, putting people at risk.

FOX45's Keith Daniels caught up with teachers in Towson, where teachers took their concerns to the county school board.

Teachers showed up wearing bright-red T-shirts and carrying signs to get their point across: make classrooms safe again.

But one teacher said it was too late for her.

Jane Sacks has been a teacher for nearly 40 years, 25 of them in Baltimore County.

"I'm finished, I'm done," she said, noting it's her last day.

Sacks says a skirmish in September with a student at her school, which she won't name, was the last straw.

Sacks says the boy hit her and broke her finger, a fight that forced Sacks off the job.

"I just became so frustrated with the system and afraid for myself. And, at this age, I don't want to tell you how old, but I don't need to be in a situation where I'm hit, beat up," she said.

Sacks was among dozens of members of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, dressed in red, that packed the place at Tuesday's Baltimore County school board meeting.

At issue, they say, is chronic student disciplinary problems at county schools.

"There's one middle school, I will not name it, but there's a middle school where 5 staff members have been hurt this year and one of them is still out with a concussion," claimed Abby Beytin, president of the Teachers Association.

The group wants the board to fund more staff to help keep teachers and students safe.

But it's the county that funds the school system.

County Councilman Julian Jones said: "Keep in mind we have been spending a tremendous amount of money on the schools, rightfully so. But, I guess the point is, there's only so much money to go around."

The school system is working with a $1.8 billion as part of its budget, money from the Baltimore County Council and taxpayers, said the councilman.

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