I don't understand your post. Actually, in every one of your posts you talk about this book and about gangs and drugs, but I often fail to see the connection. You are not the only person on these boards that know about this topic, there are plenty who have thought at-risk students. I know plenty about gang-affiliated youth, and let me tell you, often it has nothing to do with disrespect towards teacher. In fact one of our most dangerous kid is a quiet, soft spoken kid, who has never ever disrespected me and always follows directions. He's the quiet one you need to look out for, because if he ever snaps, it will be in the blink of an eye. But these type of kids are not the loud-mouths. Those kids that are disrespectful towards the OP may or may be in gangs, but she won't be able to even scratch the surface if that's the approach she takes. And drugs? Drug dealer kids don't care about disrespecting teachers. (we have plenty of those). All they care about is networking on campus and after school and make that sale. I'd suspect they'd be actually pretty quiet, most of the time to stay under the radar and not get caught. They don't get any street credit or any business from cussing out or pissing off a teacher. If you bring up drugs in the classroom, it just causes more problems and harm than good. You will not identify the cause by the "nastiness" because the drug dealer will lay low. The drug dealer himself is probably not the one that's behind the disrespect. You would bring up an inappropriate topic, and you will have a hard time steering t back to on topic. And again, you would just look dumb, pretending you know what you're talking about. OP, def. don't confront these kids, that's not the way to go about it. And don't bring up drugs, as this poster suggested. It would look foolish.