A Canberra Liberals MLA has been accused of hijacking the suffering of victims of occupational violence in classrooms in order to win cheap political points. The Australian Education Union has demanded Elizabeth Lee retract remarks she made in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Wednesday while addressing teacher and student safety in Canberra’s classrooms. The member for Kurrajong, in response, claimed to be the victim of union intimidation. During a speech on Wednesday, Ms Lee cited the stories of two teachers subjected to occupational violence in ACT classrooms. One teacher, known only as Melanie, suffered multiple injuries after being subjected to 34 violent attacks in the classroom. A second teacher, who was pregnant, was punched in the stomach by a young student while at work. "If I were a [education union] member, I'd be very disappointed at the lack of support," Ms Lee said. "There can be … no explanation for the lack of action by the union, whose primary task is to represent their members and make sure they are working in a safe environment. "They must have known teachers were being hurt in the work environment." Union ACT branch secretary Glenn Fowler said the comments had distressed and disappointed the two teachers, who had worked closely with union representatives on the issue. Both teachers were quoted in a letter demanding a retraction from Ms Lee. "I am upset and angry that Ms Lee has misrepresented the union in the Legislative Assembly," Melanie wrote. "The AEU has been with me from the beginning on this long dreadful journey … [after] I approached the union with my concerns, as no one was listening to me." Mr Fowler, in the letter, accused Ms Lee of exploiting the teachers situation to score political points. "I trust you'll agree that it is better hearing from these people themselves rather than you insensitively and erroneously attempting to speak for them, without checking the facts first with a union that has attempted to cultivate a good faith relationship with you," Mr Fowler said. "With all due respect to the officers of WorksafeACT, it was not them that began this powerful and unprecedented change process, as you have suggested. It was the AEU. "Had you bothered to check in with me prior to your remarks in the Assembly, we could have assisted you with the facts of the matter." Despite the victims' support of the union’s demand, Ms Lee claimed to be the target of an attempt to silence her support of teachers. "I will not be bullied, intimidated or silenced for speaking out against violence and standing up for our teachers," Ms Lee said. "Bullying and intimidation has no place in our schools and it has no place in our parliament." Ms Lee said Canberrans had been horrified at the injuries suffered by teachers in the classroom. "As a community, we must strongly condemn violence and we must hold to account those who have the power to prevent it but do nothing. "The fact is, serious questions remain. Our teachers have the right to know exactly what is being done to ensure their safety."