Exploring Parental Aggression toward Teachers in a Public School Setting

  • David C. May Eastern Kentucky University
  • Jerry D. Johnson Ohio University
  • Yanfen Chen Eastern Kentucky University
  • Lisa Wallace Eastern Kentucky University
  • Melissa Ricketts Shippensburg University
Keywords: School Safety, School Violence, Parents, Discipline


Research regarding teacher experiences with school violence has focused almost exclusively on student perpetrators. Consequently, little is known about acts against teachers where parents are the primary aggressors. The present study attempts to fill that void by examining public school teachersâ experiences with problematic parental behavior. Using data from 5,971 P-12 teachers in one southeastern state, this study utilizes a descriptive and exploratory analytical framework and finds that teachers experience more verbal abuse than actual physical aggression, and that experiences vary according to teacher, school, and community characteristics. The article concludes with recommendations for policy/practice and for further research.

Author Biography

David C. May, Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. David May is Professor of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management at Eastern Kentucky University and a Research Fellow of the Kentucky Center for School Safety.
How to Cite
May, D., Johnson, J., Chen, Y., Wallace, L., & Ricketts, M. (2010). Exploring Parental Aggression toward Teachers in a Public School Setting. Current Issues in Education, 13(1). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/339