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Teachers Union Pushing Again For Studen Physical Restrain Law

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska State Education Association, the union representing the state’s public-school teachers is pushing once again for a law that would allow educators to physically restrain violent students who pose an imminent threat.

The NSEA released a survey of its members in which teachers reported getting bruises, cuts, torn ligaments, a broken nose and concussions from students, some as young as 1st-graders. At least one teacher said she was hit in the stomach while pregnant and thinks it caused her miscarriage.

The NSEA has repeatedly asked the Legislature for legal protections over the last few years, but those measures have always stalled. Opponents argue that such a law could be used disproportionately against minority students and students with disabilities.