WorkCover Victoria claims show more than two claims a week on average being made for injuries sustained by teachers in violent attacks in Victorian schools.
843 attacks or threatened acts of violence against teachers were recorded in the Victorian Education Department's incident reporting information system in the past three and a half years.
Victorian school teachers, aides, principals, vice-principals and even office and support staff have been stabbed, kicked, punched, headbutted, bitten, scratched, pushed over, choked and spat on.
They have also been hit with a variety of weapons from tables and chairs, to knives, rocks, bottles, bats and other sporting equipment, pieces of wood, skateboards, school bags, boxes, computers, books and even shoes.
Some have been sprayed in the face with aerosol or paint, kicked in the groin or threatened with axes, knives, scissors, knitting needles and even an iron bar.
At least 105 Victorian teachers have required medical triage in the past three and a half years.
More than half of the teachers needed an ambulance, hospital bed or surgery to treat broken bones, stab wounds, or other injuries.
Almost as many were treated at school medical centres for various cuts, abrasions and bites.
Countless other teachers were left sore, bruised, scarred or emotionally traumatised after encounters with violent students.
Some are left black-eyed, bloody-nose, or with chipped teeth, lumps on their heads or with a variety of sort-tissue injuries.
Violence is so endemic in some schools that staff are given formal training in restraining students.
Police were called on more than 200 occasions to arrest or remove young offenders, including some students below the age of 10.
Assaults by prep and year 1 pupils are common.
Police called to Victorian schools more than 800 times as students attack teachers, Peter Mickelburough, Sunday Herald Sun, 5 December 2015