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AAA  Jul. 16, 2014 3:21 PM ET
Uruguay teachers protest attacks by parents
By LEONARDO HABERKORN, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 
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(AP) — You could call them helicopter parents on steroids.

There has been a wave of physical attacks on teachers by students' mothers and fathers in this South American country and the educators are going on a 24-hour strike to protest.

The local teachers union called the work stoppage on Wednesday to draw attention to six attacks since the current school year began in March in the capital Montevideo and other cities.

In the most recent attack, a woman punched a school director in the face on Tuesday for having called a doctor to examine her son for behavioral problems. The director of the school in Montevideo reportedly called the child's parents beforehand, but they reportedly refused to come to the school.

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