I worked for a private school and I had signed a contract for next year. On field day there was a water balloon fight between teachers and students where students attacked teachers with water balloons and then the teachers grabbed water balloons and attacked students back. From what I was told this has been a tradition for years, one that everyone always participated in. Apparently a picture was taken of me where I looked mad, even though I was not, and so I was suspended for the last day of school and my contract was put in to non renewal for next year, but I am being paid through the terms of my contract for this year. I have no recourse of action because I worked for a private school. I don't know what to do at this point. The only bright thing that has come out of this situation is that I have lost 10 pounds in 4 days. I am considering leaving teaching altogether. The principal said she didn't want to fire me but felt pressure from parents and the pastor of the parish wouldn't sign the letter saying I was suspended. Because it is a private school I am not part of a union and I cannot afford a lawyer. I am not stupid enough to think going to the media will help, and I don't believe that I have any ground to stand on as a teacher. What other fields can I go into? I have an extensive education in human services including psychology, gerontology, and business management. This was my first year teaching, but I am reluctant to go back after this.