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Pennsylvania school worker suffers skull fracture

Philadelphia parents, students and teachers may be following the story of the conflict resolution specialist who was knocked out in the hallway of a local high school following an alleged altercation with a 17-year-old student. John Bartram High School officials suspended the student from school, and authorities charged him as a juvenile with two counts of assault.

A cellphone video supposedly of the school worker lying unconscious in the hallway was posted and circulated online. A conflict resolution specialist is in charge of 1500 students at the school. The school has two such workers; they are to help the students with problems and help them to get to class on time.

The president of the Philadelphia Teacher's Union said that the conflict resolution specialist suffered a concussion and a skull fracture. The worker was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania over the weekend. The union president blamed the school district for cutting back on the security at the school. In a television news interview, a teacher expressed her concern about the lack of safety in the school, which she said made it a challenge to show up for work every day. School district officials confirmed that two other workers at the school were recently injured.

After this and the other two recent attacks, the teachers may believe that their employer is not providing a safe work environment for them. The conflict resolution specialist had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. Sometimes, a workplace injury is severe and requires hospitalization. At other times, the injury can be to the back or arm due to heavy lifting or repetitive stress. Whether the injury is dramatic and requires hospitalization or subtle and develops over time, workers' compensation insurance is responsible for compensating workers for their injuries.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, "Student Accused of Knocking School Worker Unconscious", David Chang, March 24, 2014

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