Hod Hasharon School Grapples With Parent's Attack on Teacher

Education Minister, as well as several administrators, visit junior high school to council teachers two days after the father of a student attacks a teacher who confiscated a student's cell phone.

Following an earlier attack by a parent on a teacher at HaShahar Junior High School in Hod Hasharon, classes on Sunday morning were delayed by two hours as teachers and administrators grappled with the incident.

The attack occurred on Friday. According to the teacher, who required medical attention after the event, he was physically assaulted by a student's father after confiscating the student's cell phone. The student, he says, had been talking on the phone in class.

The father was arrested immediately after the incident and remanded on Saturday night until Monday by the Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court.

Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar spoke to the teacher this morning and expressed his shock at the incident. According to the Education Ministry, Sa’ar told the teacher that he hoped he would return to work soon. He also told the teacher that he takes such an attack extremely seriously, and that it is crucial that the police act quickly and efficiently to handle the matter.

Education Ministry Director General Dalit Stauber visited HaShahar Junior High School along with Ran Erez, chairman of the Secondary School Teachers Association, in order to speak personally to the other teachers about the incident.

“We utterly condemn this incident. There are no words to express the depth of our shock,” Erez told Haaretz. He added that parents should only be allowed to enter the school when they have an appointment with a teacher.

The National Student Council also weighed in on the issue, saying that it “strongly condemns physical or verbal attacks by teens and adults alike. The case in question, according to the facts presented to us, during which the parent of a student attacked a teacher, is particularly serious both because it gives an example to the students that is anti-education, and also upsets norms of behavior at the school, in using physical force to defy a school rule."

The Teachers Union announced it would hold a workshop at the school on how to deal with violence. Teachers Union head Yossi Wasserman also condemned the incident, saying it must not be tolerated.

Yaniv Kubovich contributed to this report.

AP