In all of my years of teaching I have never been put into this situation - I'm not directly involved but there is potential for me to become legally involved in something and would like to get some advice. We have a student - 2nd year at our school- who acts aggressive towards others (kicking, grabbing, throwing items) to gain attention, especially towards older boys. I observed this last year and I see this again this year even though I don't teach the student - I might sub or have a duty with him. Parents met with his teachers early this year to set up a behavior management chart and he would earn stars if he did what he had to. I've personally seen a huge improvement with him. Parents supported this completely and were happy with improvements too. Lots of communication between parents and teachers from what I've seen. Two months later, parents want to meet with top administration all of a sudden, no given reason shared ahead of time. Apparently their child is going home and sharing that he wants to look like the other boys because they don't get in trouble. Some boys get in trouble for something and get a different punishment than this boy - that kind of a gist. I can't really comment on if that is true or not since I'm not a part of that. Bottom line: Parents are saying that teachers are giving this student a different punishment because of his race. Or at least that is how it seems to be coming across. They are upset that we are focusing in on his behaviors because of his skin color, even though they support the behavior chart. Other parents are stating that we have "kicked out other students of color" because of various reasons - no names mentioned and in the 9 years that I've taught there I haven't seen a single case of us asking a single person of color to leave. I'm not a racist, but I do need to correct his behavior if he's breaking a rule. I have the same strategies for all of my students, not just this student (and he is a sweetheart who wants to do the right thing). Some might be to talk about the situation and come up with a healthy way to deal with our emotions that do not break the rules, take a time out, help with an errand, sit quietly with me and read a book, etc. Any advice on how to handle this? I'm being supportive of this sweet child and make sure I'm helping him be the best student possible. I want him to always be positive of who he is and realize behaviors can be changed - we just need to work on them every day.