I have a problem with a school(which I'll refer to as "School A") that I used to sub at but was banned from. The school has a bad reputation amongst substitutes and even other teachers. Many of the students have serious behavioral issues and are very volatile and occasionally violent towards each other and faculty members. A majority of the students have repeated grades more than once, so it is common to have students who are in the 7th or 8th grade who are 15, 16, or in some cases 17 years old. Since I first started subbing, I had gone to this school on a frequent basis, despite its reputation, for no reason other than its close proximity to where I live. Getting these students to behave and complete any work that was left by the teacher was always difficult. When I have tried to stop them from misbehaving, I was yelled at, cursed at and a few times, physically threatened by students. Last year, however, things were a little different and I had some success with the 6th and 7th grade classes. occasionally I would have a few students who did in fact behave and did what they were told to do. I also started to earn the respect of a few of the students. After a strong day covering a 6th grade class, the school started to directly request me to sub. However, many of these requests were last minute ones and came when I was already booked, so I was not available to work there. Later in the school year, I began subbing at another school located in the same building as this school(which I'll refer to as "School B") and quickly became a popular sub with the 7th graders and liked by the administration. Eventually School B started booking me for sub jobs on a weekly basis and a few of the regular teachers began to speculate that the Principal might even be considering me for a full-time teaching position. Unlike the other school in that building, I was always booked a week in advance, as opposed to 20 minutes before the start of the day. Those hopes were stalled when I returned to the School A for the first time since I began subbing at School B. The substitute coordinator gave me vague instructions about a project the students were working on. Because of my light schedule, I was also given the same class that I was supposed to have in the afternoon. This same class has been described by at least one faculty member as the worst one in the school. A few of the students had already started acting up by throwing papers at each other. As I was dealing with one difficult student, two students started play fighting and one fell and hit his head on a desk. Despite his pleas that he was fine, I sent him to the nurse and sent another student to go with him. I tried to call the main office to report the incident but I did not receive an answer or any of the 3 other times I tried calling. Later in the period, the student returned from the nurse and seemed to be okay. The rest of the day, the students behavior went from bad to worse. Whenever I managed to stop them from doing one thing, they would do something worse. Whenever I attempted to contact an adminstrator, the main office would send an office manager, who would yell at the students but never remove anyone from the class. Next week, I learned that the school had banned me from subbing there and that I would be suspended from subbing until a hearing with the head of the substitute teachers. During the hearing, I learned that the Principal of School A had banned me for failing to report the incident with the student who had hit his head . They also claimed that the student had gotten worse during the day and was rushed to the emergency room. Eventually I was reinstated and allowed to sub in any school, except for School A. While school B was aware that I was suspended, I did not tell them which school the incident occured nor were they interested in knowing the details of the incident. When I was reinstated, the Principal felt comfortable enough to allow me to continue subbing there. When I returned to the school, I received a nice welcome from the students in my classes. Despite doing everything I could to avoid the faculty and students of the other school, I overheard a conversation from two teachers from the other school badmouthing me and questioning why that school would allow me sub, given the incident at their school. They also believed that my primary motivation for subbing at that school was to "stick it" to them. Despite that the rest of the day went smoothly and I did a good enough job for the Principal to request me one more time before the end of the school year. Since, the beginning of the new school year, I have encountered many students from School B who have been clamoring for my return. But a job listing on the Sub system that I had accepted was cancelled and the school secretary has been vague on when they would need me again. I also learned that Principal of School A who had me banned was no longer at that school. I'm starting to get worried that the faculty or administration from School A spoke to the administration from School B and had me blackballed from returning to that school. I'd really like to return to that school, since I really enjoyed working with those students. Despite this incident, a number of schools continue to directly request me, including one of the top middle schools in the district. I understand that a student was seriously injured, and I would give back all of the success I've had as a sub to have that one day back, but it seems like School A has made that a secondary issue. Why does it matter what school I sub at? Shouldn't the fact that I've been successful in other schools, even if it is in the same building, not concern them ? Having me blackballed from the other school shows that they were not happy that I turned them down when they requested me but was always available for the other school in the building. How common is this with subbing? How can I possibly fight this unfair blackballing?