N.S. schools under-staffed and stressed, teachers say as they resist contract

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia teachers described scenes of violence, neglect and crammed classrooms Thursday as they spoke out against a government bill imposing a collective agreement on them.

"The rise in student mental illness issues is overwhelming teachers. Where are the supports for these most vulnerable of our students?" high school science teacher Timothy MacLeod, his voice breaking as he told politicians about helping his pupils cope with the grief of losing a classmate to suicide.

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