I'm posting this anonymously because I have another account. I started a new middle school this August and have been through hell ever since. A student assaulted me last month, but nothing happened to him other than 3 days of out-of-school suspension. Two weeks later, this student threatened me after I told him to leave my room when he wasn't supposed to be there. He said, "Remember what happened the last time you p***ed me off!" Immediately after he made this comment, he was put in in-school suspension for ONE DAY but broke out and was walking back and forth past my classroom. (He received no out-of-school suspension for threatening me. He was in my class again the next day.) He makes statements every day, saying "I hit you because you touched me" and "The administration hates you." On top of that, a student grabbed my butt a month ago. Nothing happened. Another student shot a rubber band at my face. Nothing happened. I have asked the school to remove the kid who hit me out of my classroom, but they wouldn't. I have asked them if they could put me in another grade level. They wouldn't. I finally asked to be released from my contract. I can't handle this abuse in the workplace. On top of that, teachers' cars are broken into daily and there are gang initiations frequently. My school has been dragging its feet on finding a replacement. Some teachers came in late last week to do demo lessons, but the principal won't tell me anything. I am about to break my contract. I've lost about 10 pounds in the past two weeks because I get sick if I eat, and I've pretty much stopped sleeping because all I think about is how horrible my job is. My district says I will have to pay $500 and could be reported to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. It is not clear what happens after then. I have spoken to my lawyer, and he says I have a lot of documentation if the state wants to suspend my teaching certificate. I do have another job lined up in another school if I can get out in time. I just don't know what to do. I can't take being in this school any longer than I have to because I'm just being abused daily. All I do when I'm alone is cry. I didn't get into teaching for this. I don't know what to do anymore.