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Abuse allegations and accountability: do students need to

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Teacher Susan Dowell says a group of Grade 5 students misbehaved and challenged her in class, then claimed she had abused them. (CBC)
There's no question that children need to be safe at school, protected from any inappropriate or abusive behaviour by teachers. 

But what about when a teacher is accused of abuse and it's just not true?  

That's what's happened to teacher Susan Dowell, who is now speaking about her experience.

Dowell says children are finding new hurtful ways to punish teachers for enforcing rules in the classroom, something she found out when she was substitute teaching in Ontario.

Go Public's Kathy Tomlinson explained her story to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Teachers' unions in Ontario and B.C. say the number of false allegations is growing every year, and it's causing some to leave the profession.

For his perspective on the issue, Daybreak reached Jon Bradley, a trained elementary school teacher who now works in teacher education programmes at McGill University.
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