Karen Leonard, GMB national officer, said: “These stories from the frontline by GMB’s school staff members are truly disturbing” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Just over half said they had experienced violence at work, with more than 770 saying they were attacked every week.Other examples include staff having faeces thrown at them, being strangled by an eight year old, while several who have been punched, scratched, bitten or spat at. School crossing patrols reported motorists throwing eggs at them and even driving cars at them.One teaching assistant told how a pupil left the school premises and they “had to use positive handling to ensure their safety”.“This resulted in the parents reporting me to the police, even though I was trying to stop the child from running into a busy car park,” they said. “The child was 7 years old.”Karen Leonard, GMB national officer, said: “These stories from the frontline by GMB’s school staff members are truly disturbing.”They can face a litany of violence that would constitute criminal offences in other jobs. No-one should be physically threatened at work. Violence from parents in particular is completely inexcusable.”School support staff love their jobs, love the kids and want to carry on doing their best for the children.”All they ask is their school backs them up when it does happen – and takes the common-sense steps needed to protect them.” A teaching assistant lost her unborn baby after being kicked in the stomach by an unruly pupil, a survey by the GMB union has found.More than half of school support staff have suffered violence at work, with some threatened by parents, according to the poll of almost 4,800 school staff members.Other incidents include staff being stabbed, spat at, punched, bitten or having their hair cut off, said the union. The union’s survey revealed a catalogue of violent incidents involving children as young as eight. One teaching assistant said: “I was pregnant and a child kicked me really hard I nearly fell down. After that incident I started bleeding and lost my baby.”She said she then “fell into deep depression” adding that: “The school did nothing to support me. I went back to work after work once I recovered from miscarriage.”Another respondent told how: “I have had a child try to stab me in the neck with a pair of scissors”. One said they were “given concussion by a large 19 year old boy” who “punched [me] in the centre of the head”.