HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Teachers in Pennsylvania’s capital city are asking for support after a series of violent altercations with students has led to multiple resignations.

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The Harrisburg Education Association says at least 45 teachers have resigned since July and October. Association President Jody Barksdale says more have resigned since then.

Speaking at a school board meeting Monday evening, first-grade teacher Amanda Sheaffer says she has been hit and kicked by her students.

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Barksdale says the association wants a task force comprised of teachers, administrators and parents to help students who display violent behaviors.

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The district claims not all of the teacher resignations were due to student violence. Still, Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney says the district understands that there is a “different type of support that is needed.”

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